Thursday, December 17, 2009

Self Defence Law Roundup

There has been widespread coverage of the Law Reform Commission of Ireland's recommendations on the use of lethal force in self defence ranging from the nice post by Sinead Mary Ring to the hilarious opinion piece in the Irish Times (containing this gem: if householders were allowed to own tasers the competing rights to life and self-defence would not have to be traded off against each other. Yet for some reason I can’t consider that either.).
The Irish Times also ran a poll on the issue and, unsurprisingly, 72% of the respondents said 'yes' to allowing the use of lethal force in self defence. As I predicted in my previous posts, confusion prevails about what the proposed law actually means and a cursory look at the comments in the poll confirms this. In its current form, the proposed law cannot serve as an accurate guide to behaviour.