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Self-defence in the UK

I wrote earlier about the pernicious and dishonest campaign by the London Daily Telegraph to scare people into thinking that self-defence against burglars was unlawful. To correct this misinformation the Crown Prosecution Service has issued a statement detailing what the law really says: Does the law protect me? What is “reasonable force”? Anyone can use…

Glenn Reynolds agrees with the BBC

The latest crime figures in the UK are out and show that crime has continued to fall, reaching a record low: The risk of being a victim of crime, at 25 per cent, is the lowest recorded by the BCS since it began in 1981. The BCS recorded an 11% drop in overall crime, a…

Gullible gunners, episode V

The London Daily Telegraph has been running a cynical and dishonest campaign in the UK to give people the right to defend themselves against burglars. It’s dishonest because, as I have detailed here and here, people in the UK already have the right to defend themselves against burglars or anyone else who threatens them. The…

Joyce Lee Malcolm, quote doctor

Earlier, I wrote how Joyce Lee Malcolm had doctored a quote from the Textbook of Criminal Law to make it appear that self-defence was illegal in Britain. She wrote: Now everything turns on what seems to be “reasonable” force against an assailant, considered after the fact. As Glanville Williams notes in his Textbook of Criminal…

Tony Martin, again

60 Minutes (the Australian version) has done a story on the use of deadly force in self-defence. Unfortunately it sufers from the same problem that many of these stories do. Tony Martin (who was convicted of murdering a burglar) gets to present his account of what happened which makes it look like he acted in…

Gun crime in England

John Ray left a rather odd comment to my post about the continuing decrease in violent crime in England. He stated that police figures for gun crimes will be more accurate than survey figures. His statement is probably true (gun crime in England is too rare to be well measured by a survey), but not…

The latest crime statistics for England and Wales have been released. Sharon Howard has a good round-up of reactions to the statistics: What’s happening here is that the British Crime Survey is suddenly being discounted by Tory politicians because it’s showing falling crime levels (and, indeed, has been since the mid-1990s), whereas the police statistics…

Gullible Gunners, episode IV

I’ve been having a discussion with Kevin Baker about his claim that self-defence in the UK is practically illegal. The discussion started when Carl Lindsay was convicted of manslaughter after killing an intruder who was trying to rob him. I wrote: Pro-gunners such as John Lott, Glenn Reynolds and John Derbyshire have written about the…

Gullible Gunners, part 3

Back in March I wrote about the way pro-gun bloggers leapt to the conclusion that self-defence in the UK was illegal, based on story about a man who defended himself against some robbers with a sword, killed one and ended up being jailed for eight years. Unfortunately, the story left out the fact that the…

Gullible Gunners, Again

Kevin Baker was one of the bloggers who posted on the story about Lindsay’s sword killing, claiming that it showed that for all intents and purposes self-defence in the UK was illegal. Despite learning that Lindsay had chased the robber out of his home and stabbed him in the back four times, in the comments…