Friday, July 03, 2009

Appropriately Filed Under "Weird News"

A 23-year-old man, armed with a knife, breaks into the home of a 72-year-old man and comes at him with the knife. The 72-year-old decides not to play along, ducks out of the way, grabs the scumbag by the arm and proceeds to beat the stuffing out of him.

The scumbag's scumbag attorney tried to argue that the homeowner used excessive force (against a scumbag who broke into his home and attacked him with a knife).

His defense lawyer, John Simmons, argued that Corti received only minor injuries in the confrontation while "photographs of the defendant showed what looked like a car accident.

(waits for applause and celebratory cheers to subside)

But the judge didn't feel sorry for him.

"Luckily, Mr. Conti was an able-bodied 72-year-old who was able to defend himself," Recorder Angela Morris said. "The jury might well have concluded you got what you deserved when you entered that property and took a swipe at him with that weapon."

Now, you're probably wondering why such a story wouldn't be filed under "Freakin' Awesome News!". I mean, what's so "weird" about it?

Well, turns out our hero resides in Jolly Old England, a sad, yet once-great nation, where the nanny state government has discouraged self-defense among the common class to the point where it is nearly against the law to defend one's life inside one's own home.

A sliver of hope for the downtrodden subjects of the Crown?

A sign of the changing of the times?

That probably depends a lot on how much play this textbook Gun Control Success Story gets.

Britain's violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.

Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world's most dangerous countries.

An entire population has their right to self-defense taken from them, along with the most effective means of protecting themselves and their families, and it creates an environment wherein they are less safe.

Wow! Couldn't see that coming.