Sunday, August 21, 2005

New Zealand: ACT upholds right to self-defence: "All New Zealanders should have a right to defend themselves, their families and their property from criminals without being prosecuted, says the ACT party. Justice spokesman Stephen Franks yesterday announced the party's self-defence policy, which emphasises that the law should ensure criminals are afraid, not their victims. Mr Franks presented a medal to Auckland man Michael Vaimauga, who was arrested for assault after he stopped a burglar breaking into a shop. Mr Vaimauga went through five court hearings before being discharged without conviction and ordered to pay $150 to the Salvation Army. The would-be burglar has never been charged. 'The state has no right to punish citizens for defending themselves and their property when the state cannot defend them,' said Mr Franks."

Tennessee: Memphis seniors fight back in home invasion: "Two Memphis seniors took matters into their own hands and fought back against burglars, and an old Smith & Wesson will forever remind retired Naval Officer Bryant Green of his Tuesday morning ordeal. He said it all began when his doorbell rang at 10 a.m., 'I got up quickly and did not see anyone.' However, his 76 year old wife Gwyneth saw four men breaking into a backyard window of their West Crestwood house. Bryant Green came out the front door, crept around his house and into the back courtyard where he saw one of the suspects with a shotgun. Green said he and the young man exchanged a few rounds, but no one was hurt. ... police do not have a detailed description of the burglars or the get-away car, but they might have fingerprints."

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