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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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