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Canadian Home-Invasion Victim Punished For Self-Defense

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I try to pay as little attention to Canada as possible, because it’s Canada. Other than providing American TV shows with a cheaper place to film, I’ve never understood the whole point of that country. Their sports are boring, their food is mediocre, and Trailer Park Boys simply isn’t very funny. It’s as if somebody decided to base an entire nation around the word “Whatever.” But it would at least be a tolerable place to live if law-abiding Canadian citizens were allowed to defend themselves against people who break into their homes.

Guess what?

The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia:

A man is charged with attempted murder and a raft of firearms offences after helping fend off home invaders, one of whom he’s now charged with shooting.

Kyle Earl Munroe was arrested on July 12 after RCMP and Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a home invasion involving firearms…

The two in the home seized a firearm from one of the suspects and several shots were fired as the suspects fled. Police later located one of the suspects, who had non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Munroe faces charges of attempted murder, intent to discharge a firearm, intent to discharge a firearm when being reckless, careless use of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing that possession is unauthorized, and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

That’s right: Some armed guys broke into a house, the owners took away one of the invaders’ guns and defended themselves, and now one of the victims of this crime is facing every gun charge on the Canadian books.

In Canada, if you get attacked and you defend yourself with the attacker’s own weapon, you could go to jail.

Look, I get it. This would be a nicer world if there were no guns. Life would be terrific if people had to resort to less efficient ways to hurt and kill each other. But that’s not the world we live in. If you disarm good people, they’ll be preyed upon by bad people. If you punish good people for defending themselves, it will embolden bad people. Laws that hurt good people and help bad people are bad laws.

If you live in Canada, you have nobody to blame but yourselves.