So a couple of guys break into vehicles, etc. in rural Canada. They wake up the homeowner who grabs a .22 rifle and shoots warning shots over their heads.
According to RCMP forensics tests, one shot ricocheted and ended up striking Watson in the forearm.
Watson’s statement of claim alleges he suffered “severe damages and disability” as a result of the shot, had to have a metal plate implanted in his arm and ever since has suffered pain, discomfort, dizziness, nausea, migraines, fatigue, insomnia, and PTSD.
What!? No itchy scalp or outbreak of psoriasis?
Heh. So he’s suing, and Canadians have raised 50 grand for the homeowner’s defense.
As I have written before, there was one easy way for Watson to have avoided all his discomfort: Don’t break into other people’s property in the first place.
The author of the piece seems to think that the Canadians, and especially rural Canadians, are tired of “elite theories and lenient institutions.”
It took police hours to show up at the Maurice ranch. When they finally did, they came out guns drawn and arrested Maurice for dangerous use of a firearm and aggravated assault.
Police assumed the homeowner – the father defending his daughter – was the criminal. They accepted the elite theory that individuals have no right to shoot at those who mean to do them harm. They agreed we should always use “our words” rather than fists or guns.
As he says, that’s where populism comes from.