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Farmer guilty of defending family with shotgun


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  • Young farmer Bill Edwards was arrested and jailed after defending his mother and property from metal thieves.

Edwards’ guns have finally been returned by the police — but the “right” to use them has not.

“I’m the victim in this and they’re treating me as the criminal. I spent nearly four months on bail and the thief has walked off with a £100 fine,” Edwards told the BBC. “If I hadn’t taken action, my mother would certainly be dead and quite possibly me as well.”

When the BBC interviewer tried to play the blame-game with Edwards, he was having none of it: “I’m not really sure where else I could have aimed it. I could have shot him or the van. I chose to shoot at the van instead. The alternative was to get run over along with my mother.”

The Edwards affair carries two glaring lessons:

1. Thieves stealing from your property? Sorry, just call the police. You may ask them politely to stop; but do not use force.

2. Criminals threatening your mother’s life? Sorry, again, just call the police. Any resistance cannot involve firearms. Use a stick or a large spoon instead.

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Tom in IN (not verified)
on Jul 17, 2013

Sounds like Martin when confronted by Zimmerman, except Zimmerman had a concealed weapon. Only in FL, Martin ends up dead and Zimmerman exonerated in the battle of "self-defense" vs "self-defense".

Garry Edwards (not verified)
on Jul 22, 2013

I'm the father of Bill Edwards, and of course have been trying to help him through this ordeal.

They didn't try to stop the thief leaving, they stood aside so that he could, knowing that the police were already on their way and hoping that they would arrive in time, which they didn't. The thief drove at them repeatedly, the first attack took them by surprise and his mum ended up on her back, injured and unable to move. Bill then stood over her, loaded and fired to stop the next attack. Then there were other attacks, they were fought off in the same way, then there was a high speed chase, and eventually the police stopped the van.

That's when the problems started, and the problems were caused by certain police officers lying and making up evidence. In America, my son would have been a hero, but in this country, the police have a very different attitude. It's sad.

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