Imagine that three people are actively firebombing your house with you inside. They are so depraved that they even firebomb your dog’s kennel. What would you do?
Here in American, you’d probably be ok to shoot and kill all three of them. Attempting to burn your house down with you inside is certainly attempted murder. Unfortunately for the guy whose house it was in the video above, it’s just not done in Canada.
Ian Thomson moved to a rural homestead in Southwestern Ontario to lead a quiet life investing in a little fixer-upper. Then his neighbour’s chickens began showing up on his property. He warned his neighbour, then killed one of the birds.
The incident began six years of trouble for Mr. Thomson that culminated early one Sunday morning last August when the 53-year-old former mobile-crane operator woke up to the sound of three masked men firebombing his Port Colborne, Ont., home.
“I was horrified,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what was happening. I had no idea what was going on.”
So 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.
Cool, right? He doesn’t need a ticker tape parade, or the keys to the city, but at least a little “we’re very sorry that we were unable to get to your house in time to catch these arsonists, sir,” would have been nice.
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.
What planet does the Canadian Crown Attorney live on? Here in the US, you could shoot them dead and probably not be charged with anything. The 911 call would have been interesting.
“911, what’s your emergency?”
Yeah, some assholes just tried to burn my house down with Molotov cocktails, and they even threw one at my dog!
“Are they still there, sir?”
Yeah there still here, I shot them dead. They are lying in my front lawn.
“That’s understandable, sir. I’ll send the fire department immediately. Do either you or your dog need any immediate medical assistance?”