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He stuck to his guns

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Ian Thomson was found not guilty. He was charged with numerous firearms offences by the Ontario Attorney General, after he used his legally registered revolver to drive off three individuals who were hurling firebombs at his house in 2010. The revolver had been stored with a trigger lock inside a locked gun safe. He is a quiet man living on a rural property who wants nothing more than to live out the rest of his days in peace.

During the attack, one of the arsonists yelled "Are you ready to die?" Evidently, Ian was not. He stepped outside onto his porch with his revolver in his hand. When an arsonist raised a firebomb in his direction, he fired the weapon into the ground as a warning. The three perpetrators disappeared, and Ian waited for police to arrive. He put out the fires in his house with a garden hose.

Ten minutes later, when the police finally arrived, Ian was arrested and charged with dangerous use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, and unsafe storage of a firearm, to name a few. Crown counsel recommended he serve prison time. Criminal law is a tool of Parliament used to protect ordinary Canadians from individuals of culpable thought and action. I find nothing culpable in the actions or intentions of this man: he wanted to live and acted only out of fear for his life. How depressing: this man had to spend two years and about $50,000 because he used a firearm to defend his life.

Lucas Moskaluk, St. Albert


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