Human stupidity brought a positive turn of events to my attention. The government of Ireland is now allowing homeowners to protect themselves with lethal force. In the past, the law required them to retreat in the face of an intruder. Naturally, “civil liberties organizations” are attacking the new law. Apparently, the right to defend yourself, your family and your p0ssessions, is not a “civil liberty” according to them.
As told by Irish Central:
Irish homeowners now have legal right to shoot intruders
New law is attacked by civil liberties organizations as ‘license to kill’ByIrishCentral.com Staff WriterIrish homeowners can now legally shoot anyone who enters their property – a move that has been slammed by civil liberties campaigners in a row with Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Legislation has now come into effect that allows homeowners to use “reasonable force” to defend themselves, their families and their property.
The new home defense bill has moved the balance of rights back to the house owner if his home is broken into “where it should always have been,” say top Irish police.
The police association of superintendents and inspectors, the AGSI, stated before the bill became law, that “the current situation, which legally demands a house owner retreat from an intruder, was intolerable.”
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties, however, is highly critical of the change in the law but Justice Minister Alax Shatter has denied it is a “license to kill.”
Council director Mark Kelly has labeled the new law “lax” on home defense and is highly critical of the legislation.
Kelly said: “These are lax proposals, which contain insufficiently robust legal safeguards to protect the right to life of householders or intruders.
“The law encourages people to use lethal force to defend their property and is at odds with Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights which obliges the state to ensure that lethal force can only be used if absolutely necessary and strictly proportionate in all the circumstances.”