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Reasonable force/Defending the home

Comment 12th July 2010

I find it utterly absurd that in a lot of cases that I have read or heard about, the victim gets the harsher punishment. People should be able to defend their homes and families without the worry of being prosecuted for doing so. Also, reasonable force needs to be redefined. It is impossible to tell what reasonable force means. There needs to be radical changes in self defence.

Why does this matter?

Your home is were you should feel safe and secure. It is a place of sanctuary for you and your family. For someone to invade that illegally, for whatever reason, should be instantly in the wrong and the home owner should be entitled to protect it. There is no decent reason why anyone, other than those allowed, should be allowed in your home. Therefore the home owner should be allowed to deal with the problem without worrying about the possible consequences. 

With regards to self defence, I do understand reasonable force, but the amount of different situations makes it impossible to define. It should be changed, redefined or got rid of. A know of someone who is or was being prosecuted for protecting his pregnant wife. He knocked him unconscious with a single punch after he pushed his heavily pregnant wife and he is being prosecuted for assault. How is this fair? What man would not have done the same thing in the same circumstance? 

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