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Stick-ing point – defining defending

By weeziepops 6 May 2009 42

Following some of the postings about crime in the ‘burbs recently, I have taken to accessorising my usual walking equipment of one staffy and/or one mastiff with a sturdy stick. 

I was striding along confidently when a person decided to pull up in their car and shout out at me that it was illegal for me to carry this “weapon”. 

Weapon?  It’s a fecking stick! 

I would only employ it as a defensive measure if accosted by a bully or if I ever happen to meet the owner of the two yappy pomeranians who torment me so regularly. 

Is there a rule about what means a person can take to have something handy should they need to defend themselves?  I understand I can’t lug a gun around with me, but where is the line drawn?

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To offer a different view, if someone attacked you in your car while your family was there, wouldn’t you use whatever means necessary to defend them? The cops are busy in this town, and unlikely to get to you quickly enough to intervene anyway, so what’s the problem with self defence? I’m not talking about killing people, but a couple of thumps to end a nasty situation seems entirely reasonable to me.

FWIW, I don’t carry my maglight in the car, and have never struck anyone with a weapon (unless you count farting in the elevator at work).

nathan 6:11 pm 08 May 09

…please consider whether you think this law is just. If you do not feel it is just then please do something about it, whatever small thing that may be.

Hear, hear, Mr. Jakez.

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