You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.
Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers.
At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.
With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up
your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.
In the darkness, you make out two shadows.
One holds something that looks like a crowbar.
When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun
The blast knocks both thugs to the floor.
One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door
and lurches outside.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble.
In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few
that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them
Yours was never registered.
Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died.
They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a
When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities
will probably plea the case down to manslaughter.
“What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask.
“Only ten-to-twelve years,”
he replies, as if that’s nothing.
“Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”
The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.
Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men
you shot are represented as choirboys.
Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them..
Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims”
have been arrested numerous times.
But the next day’s headline says it all:
“Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.”
The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin
As the days wear on, the story takes wings.
The national media picks it up,
then the international media.
The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.
Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll
The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized
several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local
police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects.
After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be
prepared next time.
The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait
for the burglars.
A few months later, you go to trial.
The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently
When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works
Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man.
It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.
The judge sentences you to life in prison.
This case really happened.
On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed
one burglar and wounded a second.
In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term..
How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once great
It started with the Pistols Act of 1903.
This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or
felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to
those who had a license.
The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only
handguns but all firearms except shotguns..
Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon
by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.
Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the
Hungerford mass shooting in 1987.Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed
man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he
When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.
The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of “gun
control”, demanded even tougher restrictions.
(The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even
though Ryan used a rifle.)
Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland , Thomas Hamilton used a
semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public
For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally
unstable, or worse, criminals.
Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners.
Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of
objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns.
The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few
sidearms still owned by private citizens.
During the years in which the British government incrementally took
away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed
self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism.
Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were
threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to
own a gun.
Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while
the real criminals were released.
Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as
saying, “We cannot have people take the law into their own hands.”
All of Martin’s neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several
elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who
had no fear of the consequences.
Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his
collection trashed or stolen by burglars.
When the Dunblane Inquiry ended,
citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over
to local authorities.
Being good British subjects,
most people obeyed the law.
The few who didn’t were visited by police and threatened with
ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t comply.
Police later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000 handguns from
How did the authorities know who had handguns? Kind of like cars. Sound familiar?
WAKE UP AMERICA; THIS IS WHY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTION.
“…It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds..”
If you think this is important, please forward to everyone you know.
Gun Laws that are being proposed in America will eventually cause the same effect here!
Please pass this on if you want your 2nd Amendment rights to be preserved!
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Folks should note that following the events of the Dunblane massacre, GBP £100 million of UK Taxpayers money was spent by Tony Blair and the Labour Party on confiscating private property - yet many UK gun owners were NEVER financially compensated.
Also many people are unaware of how many legally held modern military type handguns were NOT destroyed by the British Government, but were then sold on the international arms market at profit, while again the owners received no compensation.
"Because controls are good." - A UK Home Office civil servant, when asked by author Jan Stevenson in 1987 why the Bill that became the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 was needed.
However, attitudes are changing in the UK - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9569359/Expect...
If someone breaks in my house they have to get past the 7 pit bulls who reside within this house. That being said they are not naturally human aggressive, but will guard the people who care and love them from intruders who they deem a threat and thats posted on my front door for all to see.
I should be noted that The Firearms Act of 1920 was passed because the British establishment were terrified of a revolution in mainland Britain, following the deaths of so many men in WW1, and the lack of change in British/Commonwealth society following the war. The Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) was one of the catalysts for this legislation.