In what is surely an attempt by the Canadian state to make people fear the very idea of defending themselves and their families, a man has been charged with attempted murder after wrestling a gun from one of three armed home invaders and shooting one of them (non-life threatening injury).
Why is it that Canada (and other nations) are so determined to ensure that the population is unable to adequately protect themselves? Kyle Earl Munroe was at home with a friend when three armed intruders entered his home, he and the other man struggled with the intruders, Munroe managed to get a gun from one of the intruders, shots were fired and one of the intruders was hit. Munroe has now been charged with:
Attempted murder, intent to discharge a firearm, intent to discharge a firearm when being reckless, careless use of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing that possession is unauthorized, and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
If this isn’t persecution, who knows what is? The idea that the gun he grabbed of a home invader was his intent to traffic firearms is ludicrous (as are most of the other charges); and whilst the prosecutor’s office is quick to point out that these are “just pending charges”, it’s worth looking at what “pending charges” actually means.
A prosecutor can choose to prosecute for a variety of crimes; their intention is to put the person in court away for as long as possible. They add as many charges as they like, and then investigate the possibility of how many they can make stick. If they think they have a reasonable chance of getting a prosecution on all of them, then these will go ahead as formal charges; the one’s they think will be rejected, they will either drop entirely or try to use as bargaining chips.