My answer to Someone breaks into your house with a gun. What are you not legally allowed to do to them?
Answer by Desmond Last:
I was at home in Sydney. It was night and I was asleep. I was woken up by the sound of one of my windows being smashed. It was scary. I called the Police and ran down the stairs shouting and talking to the Police on my mobile phone. They had picked a window with a metal grate on the inside and ran off.
If I had to confront them would I have had time to consider what the term reasonable force meant?
Both in the U.K and Australia the implication of the term is that people are hesitant to use force and may have to comply with any demands made of them. It also puts whoever is breaking into their home in a mentally advantageous position. The ‘threat’ level from a reprisal is reduced.
Barack Obama’s daughter whilst recently working at MacDonald was protected by 6 armed bodyguards. Anyone of which would shot to kill any person who posed a threat they could not neutralize with the use of a firearm.
The same for Hillary Clinton. Why then is it that we when threatened by somebody with a gun who comes into our homes are not expected to have the same level of protection?
We cannot shot an armed assailant in the U.K if he or she comes into our homes – that would not be considered to be ‘reasonable force’.
The law should state that ‘whatever force is necessary to neutralize the immediate threat of lethal wounding’.