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  • In terms of gun ownership, and protecting your home with deadly force, the value of that needs to be weighed up very carefully. Consider how many houses are stolen from each year vs the number of deadly weapons you place into people's immediate access.

    Yes we Brits have rights to defend ourselves, you're taking it to the extreme.
    • I fail to see how I personally in the post above was taking it to an extreme (or did you mean all Americans). I tried to acknowledge that people have qualms about allowing private ownership of weapons and firearms, and tried to imply that I felt such qualms were reasonable.

      In the post above, all I tried to assert was that a person had the right to use unarmed nonlethal force against an intruder with clear malicious intent (intent to steal or harm). I tried to acknowledge limits people feel on this. My

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      • You said: "is it the European perspective that absolutely all (100%) of personal defence must be done by government officials?". This is clearly not the case.
        • by jdavidb (1361) on 2004.11.30 9:52 (#36426) Homepage Journal

          It was a sincere question. The article I linked to seemed to show some people who actually felt that way. I could not believe that would be at issue with anybody.

          I am constantly running into things that surprise me about Europe, things both good and bad (open racists running for high political office, laws on social liberties that in some cases are far more relaxed (I think that's a good thing) than their American counterparts but in others are far more restrictive, etc.) From this side of the pond, it's hard to tell if an article like that is citing a few exceptional cases to make an issue out of nothing, or if the issue is really in earnest debate. It is probably clear to you that that is not the case, but it was not clear to me when I asked.

          No offense intended.

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