So this news story from the UK Daily Mail should come as no surprise to anyone who reads British writers like Theodore Dalrymple or James Hannan or Peter Hitchens.
Two men were dragged to court for apprehending a Romanian they caught burgling their business.
A nine-month ordeal ended for Steven Iliffe, 54, and son Daniel, 26, yesterday when a judge threw out the case against them.
They had begged police to go on a roof to arrest career criminal Petre Ilie.
But officers were barred by their superiors, via their radio, due to health and safety rules.
Eventually, the father and son, both former soldiers, went on the roof themselves to tackle the armed man.
They were stunned when the police later arrested them on suspicion of attempted murder – and later charged them with the lesser offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Yesterday, the pair said they were considering legal action against Leicestershire Police.
Mr Iliffe senior said he had suffered a heart attack in a cell triggered by the stress of his arrest at their scrap metal business in Hinckley, Leicestershire, last December.
He added: ‘We had suffered a string of burglaries and went up onto that roof only because the police had refused to do so.’
The criminal is in the country illegally, too:
Leicester Crown Court was told yesterday that Ilie, 39, already had ‘a number of convictions for burglary, failing to surrender and breaching court orders’ in the UK under the name Christopher Tudor.
In 2010 he was deported but sneaked back into the UK.
He was then arrested again alongside the Iliffes.
I hope that the United States doesn’t ever get to the point where the government prevents law-abiding citizens from defending themselves from criminals. The UK is a very liberal country, so they are very much into the idea that evil is good, and good is evil, so that everyone is “equal” and liberals can feel compassionate.
I know that formerly liberal countries like Canada have been pushing back hard against crime, with measures like abolishing the long gun registry, a tough “omnibus” crime bill, and renewed protections for self-defense. I guess that’s why their crime rates are at a 40-year low. Canada is serious about stopping crime. They do what works, and then they get the results that they expect to get.