While the gun control industry shakes the Trayvon Martin case like a dog with a [heavily biased] bone, Ireland seems to be reeling in the years. The Emerald Isle has recently enacted something very much like a stand your ground law. And wouldn’t you just know it, someone shot a burglar! “Graham Lowndes told gardai [the Irish police] he was in fear of his life when he went to his father’s farm at around 3.30pm on Thursday and was confronted by two men standing beside a silver Lexus car outside the farmhouse,” independent.ie reports. “As this was happening, a second car, a BMW X5 four-wheel drive, arrived . . .
and it was at this stage, it is understood, that the shotgun [not shown] was discharged and the Finglas man was injured.
The injured man was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and then transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he has undergone an operation on his arm and may require more surgery.
[79-year-old] Richard Lowndes was uninjured in the incident, which took place in an area where burglaries, including serious aggravated home invasions and “distraction” robberies — where robbers bluff their way into the homes of elderly people — have been commonplace in the past decade and more.
I wonder why that is? Something to do with a lack of shotgun-wielding home owners perhaps? And here’s the ‘ting: way back in, what was it now? January. Yes, January it was. Ireland made a major break from longstanding legal precedence and changed its regulations so that citizens can defend themselves with “reasonable force.” At home.
So it looks like the anti-gun crowd have loosened their grip on the Irish pub. Public imagination, I mean. And it doesn’t look like Mr. Lowndes will go to jail for shooting a bad guy. Assuming of course, he was a bad guy . . .
The man being treated in hospital is understood to have told a number of news organisations that he was at the Maryland farm in Kilsallaghan because he wished to thank the man who lived there for a favour he had shown him after his car allegedly broke down nearby. He claims to be the innocent victim of a shooting.
A bit of Blarney methinks. We’ll keep an eye on it though. Just in case.