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Meet The Canadian Who’s Now Being Prosecuted For Self-Defense

By  Aaron Bandler

A Canadian man defended himself during a home invasion, and now he’s being prosecuted for doing so.

The incident occurred on July 12th when a home in Nova Scotia was broken into by three men, all of whom were armed. Along with the help of another man in the residence, Kyle Earl Munroe was able to wrestle a gun out of the hands of one of the criminals and fired it at the men, prompting the three men to flee.

One of the men was shot by Munroe, but is expected to survive.

And yet, for the simple act of defending himself, Munroe could face jail time. The charges he faces include “attempted murder, intent to discharge a firearm, intent to discharge a firearm when being reckless, careless use of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing that possession is unauthorized, and possession for the purpose of trafficking,” according to The Chronicle Herald.

He is scheduled to appear in court on August 22nd. Until then, he cannot contact two specific individuals, he cannot even “possess a cellphone or pager,” and he cannot leave his house unless he needs to attend “essential activities such as work or medical appointments,” per The Chronicle Herald.

Unfortunately, what Munroe is going through is not uncommon in Canada. Here’s another similar example: (H/T: St. Catherines Standard)

The whole thing reminds me of Ian Thomson, an Ontario man who went through a similar ordeal a few years ago. In that case, Thomson woke up to four men throwing Molotov cocktails at his home. Living a long way from police the former firearms instructor fired warning shots at his assailants, put out the fire that could have burned down his home and then called police.

He was charged and also faced more jail time than his attackers.

Thomson was acquitted but not before he was forced through a lengthy court battle that has ruined him financially.

As the aforementioned column goes on to state, a law was passed under Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prevent jail time against those defending themselves, yet Michael Woodard faced charges for doing just that against three home invaders.

Clearly, Canada doesn’t respect the right of self-defense. American citizens should be thankful for the Second Amendment.

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