"If the public are wondering can you run out of your house and [fire a handgun at an intruder], the bottom line is, according to the laws of Canada, no, you can't," said Constable Nilan Dave of the Niagara Regional Police Service, which charged Mr. Thomson. "That's why the courts are there, to give a person an opportunity to explain their actions."
How about if there's three of them, they are masked like bandits in a cowboy movie, and they are firebombing your house with you in it? Oh, and you have video of them doing it too, how about then?
Mr. Thomson, a former firearms instructor, grabbed one of his Smith & Wesson revolvers from his safe, loaded it and headed outside dressed in only his underwear. "He exited his house and fired his revolver two, maybe three times, we're not sure. Then these firebombing culprits, they ran off," said his lawyer, Edward Burlew.Watch the video, it'll drive this home for you like you wouldn't believe. Remember, Thompson was inside the house when that was occurring. And remember too, Thompson didn't shoot anybody, although he obviously could have shot them all dead on the spot. Wouldn't be hard, for sure.
His surveillance cameras caught the attackers lobbing at least six Molotov cocktails at his house and bombing his doghouse, singeing one of his Siberian Huskies. But when Mr. Thomson handed the video footage to Niagara Regional Police, he found himself charged with careless use of a firearm.
The local Crown attorney's office later laid a charge of pointing a firearm, along with two counts of careless storage of a firearm. The Crown has recommended Mr. Thomson go to jail, his lawyer said.
His collection of seven guns, five pistols and two rifles was seized, along with his firearms licence. Mr. Thomson said he lives in fear that his attackers will return and has taken to arming himself with a fire extinguisher.
So, after you're done watching the video, be sure to forward your reactions to your MP, and your MPP, and anybody else you think might benefit from a smack with a cluebat. Remind them there is an -election- on the way.