A 42 year old Burnaby, B.C. realtor/father/husband shielded his family from a gun-wielding home invader, until he couldn’t hold the door shut any longer. He was shot and killed by the home invader. Lip service was paid by the RCMP. Had the dead man accessed a firearm to protect his family and himself—and used it—he would have been investigated and most likely criminally charged.
This is similar to the 68 year-old New Brunswick man who a few months ago faced an alleged three-person home invasion, grabbed his rifle and shot one alleged thug in the leg. Meanwhile, the home invader was attacking the homeowner. 68 year-old man could face more prison time than the home invaders and certainly will face significant legal bills defending himself now from the crown attorney’s charges. Wasn’t Harper’s self-protection law supposed to change this dynamic?
Ed Burlew is a criminal lawyer who specializes in defending Canadians who use firearms to defend themselves.