I don’t want to shoot anyone — 5 Comments

  1. I have a baseball bat and a length of cable hidden under my bed. I would happily do whatever is necessary to stop my children being hurt, even if it led to time in prison. It’s great news that now I don’t have to worry about that, but it doesn’t make me any less scared! Life good and bad, happens. Even if crime were low, it still pays to be prepared.

  2. Having had a colleague who was murdered in his rectory, we used to have a pick axe handle in the house, but, since a visit to Tanzania in 1998, a Maasai rungu is near to hand.

    However, the government’s bill is a piece of populist politics – why is there not a huge outcry from people, ‘Why should we have to defend ourselves? Why do we pay taxes if our government cannot provide a safe country in which to live?’

  3. Yes I am a strong believer in the pick axe handle………..I wouldn’t have a clue why an intruder would try eating it..!!!!! haha

  4. The Broken Window strategy would need a lot of effective public relations before it got underway, otherwise the response would be general disgust that the Gardai are bothering with such pettifogging offences instead of being out catching killers, drug dealers etc. That was the standard line in anti drink drive adverts when I was growing up. The breathalysed motorist would demand of the RUC man: Why aren’t you out catching terrorists?

    I just bought the book the other day Fixing Broken Windows, co-written by one of the originals 1982 proponents George L Kelling. Looking forward to hearing about it from the horse’s mouth.

    Incidentally, the police chief under Giuliani, Bill Bratton, always felt the credit for the success of the strategy in New York was snatched from him by the mayor. But hey, that’s politics.

    With reference to your baseball bat (K8) and your rungu (Ian) and your pick axe handle (Les), you might be better to have something just as effective but less obviously a weapon. That way you’ll sound more convincing when you claim to have been surprised by an intruder and just picked up the first thing that came to hand. Ian, you might get away with a cricket bat. Or a heavy ecclesiastical candlestick that you had kicked under the bed, not quite having got round to polishing it. Your defensive action is less likely to seem premeditated.
    As for me – I thing I’ll go for one of those enormous pepper-mills that restaurants use. They always annoy me. I could use one to bemuse and distract an intruder. I might not even need to clobber him.

  5. Use of candlesticks would probably bring forth some ecclesiastical sanction. Of course, in Kilkenny there is an abundance of hurleys (or hurls in the local parlance)

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