Society loses common sense

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Editor: It infuriated me to no end picking up Wednesday’s edition of The Guardian to see a man facing possible charges of forcible confinement for merely exercising his natural, God-given rights. Time and again the public hears stories of taxi drivers, shopkeepers and even nightclub owners who end up on the wrong side of the law for standing up to miscreants who willfully steal and otherwise cause trouble for them.

This working-class cab driver in Charlottetown, who may or may not have a family to support, should be given a pat on the back for doing what others, including the police and courts, have failed to do. For those citizens, as well as law enforcement officers and Crown prosecutors who either are unaware or couldn’t be bothered to take the time to find out, in March 2013 the federal government passed the Citizens Arrest and Self Defense amendment to the Criminal Code, also known as the “Lucky Moose Bill,” makes it perfectly legal for ordinary citizens such as Mr. French to apprehend offenders until the police arrive and lay formal charges.

If anything, this incident shows how sadly our society has turned its back on good old-fashioned common sense. Last time I checked, it was the job of the police to chase down criminals, not the hardworking law-abiding citizens whose tax dollars pay their salaries.

Chris McGarry,

Belfast

Organizations: Citizens Arrest

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Belfast

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