Lorne Gunter: Opposing self-defence means opposing democracy itself

The case of Ian Thomson has touched a nerve, and rightly so. Mr. Thomson is the Port Colborne, Ont. man who last August fired warning shots over the heads of masked men who were firebombing his rural home with him in it. His seems a classic case of using justifiable force in self-defence. Indeed, it would have been justified had he fired at – not merely over – his attackers.

Nonetheless, when Mr. Thomson reported the incident to police, he ended up being the one charged – with dangerous use of a firearm.

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