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If forewarned is forearmed, then count me out of the showdown

Louis Jacob finds the 'make my day' aspect of the home defence bill worrying, along with its potential grey areas

Published 25/07/2010 | 05:00

IS anyone else ever so slightly freaked by this new legislation which, if passed, will allow property owners to use lethal force against intruders?

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In the United States, for obvious reasons, it as known as the castle doctrine. The more cynical refer to it as the "make my day" doctrine -- an obvious reference to a famous one-liner Clint Eastwood used before mowing down an obviously guilty criminal type.

Although it was only recently adopted by Britain in 2007, Italy in 2005, and now ourselves, the Castle doctrine goes all the way back to Ancient Rome, and the dictum: Quid enim sanctius, quid omni religione munitius, quam domus unusquisque civium? Roughly translated: "What more sacred, what more strongly guarded by every holy feeling, than a man's own home?"

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