We Americans often take our 2nd Amendment rights for granted. For example, even in the most liberal states behind the gun control iron curtain, a homeowner is still allowed to use force to defend his life if someone invades his home (his castle). The more liberal states have what is known as a “duty to retreat,” meaning that self-defense is only allowed when all avenues of retreat are cut off or exhausted. Other states have “Castle Doctrine,” allowing for deadly force to be used if someone breaks into your home with the intent of committing a crime.
Outside the United States, self defense can be illegal.
Take a 35-year old man in Finland as an example. This month, he was convicted of “Excessive Self-Defense and Attempted Manslaughter” for fighting off two armed home-invaders with a knife.
Three men broke into his home, armed with baseball bats and a gun. The homeowner retreated to his kitchen, found a gun, and was able to overpower all three assailants.
The homeowner now faces more jail-time and a harsher penalty for defending himself than the home invaders are facing…
A homeowner in Finland has been sentenced to four years in jail and a hefty fine after fighting off three intruders who attempted to rob his house. The thieves, meanwhile, got lesser prison terms and are to be paid damages by their victim.
In April, a 35-year-old man from Hyvinkää, a town just 50km north of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, heard a knock on the front door of his suburban house and rushed to open it. As soon as he unlocked it, three strangers rushed in and launched at him, toting baseball bats and a gun. The man retreated to the kitchen, where he found a knife and with it was able to overpower the intruders, two men and one woman.
The court spent nearly four months examining the case to come up with the unexpected ruling.
The homeowner has been convicted of “excessive self-defense and attempted manslaughter,” Helsinki news reports. He will serve an unconditional sentence for four years and two months, which he has to spend in prison. The man also has to pay damages to his attackers, with the fine totaling €21,000 (US$23,000). The newspaper does not provide information on the severity of injuries sustained by the home-invaders, however, it is known that they survived the event.
The attackers were also convicted for felony home invasion and assault, yet their punishments are much less harsh.
All three received one-year-and-two-month conditional sentences, which is similar to probation or house arrest in Finland, depending on the case. The offender serves the sentence outside of jail, but has to follow strict jail-like rules.
The trio was also ordered to pay the homeowner damages, but their combined fine was ruled to be €3,000 (US$3,300).
So the home invaders each received 1/4 of the prison time that the homeowner is getting for DEFENDING HIMSELF. The man who defended himself is also being forced to pay $23,000 in fines while the home-invaders were slapped with $3,300 fines.
It is easy to believe that this lunacy will never reach our shores, but when you hear politicians like Hillary Clinton say she wants to reverse the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling, this is exactly what she wants: eliminating the right to self-defense within your home.
Please, vote accordingly.