This level of stupidity gives me a headache.
The original HuffPo piece referred to this article states no:
The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial.
Meaning you do not have the right to defend yourself against an attacker, because this denies the attacker the right to a fair trial. That is, ethically speaking you must allow the attacker to successfully murder you, so that he then can have his time in front of a judge and jury.
This level of stupidity gives me a splitting headache, and goes to show just deeply some people’s heads are inside their own assholes.
Let’s be clear.
The right to self-defense is a fundamental and core right with a very long and established history in English law. The right to self-defense is one which goes hand-in-hand with expediency: if you are about to be raped, if you are about to be injured, if you are about to be murdered–then you have the right to stop the rape, the injury, the murder before it takes place. Further, if you witness someone about to be raped, injured or murdered, you have the right (and some even suggest the moral obligation) to step in and prevent the rape, the injury or the murder if it is at all possible to do so.
You do not stand by and watch a woman get raped if you can stop it. You do not stand by and watch a small child get murdered if you can stop it.
Of course once the immediate crisis has ended, you then do not have the right to serve as judge and juror and then murder someone who no longer represents an immediate threat.
That denies someone the right to justice under our judicial system.
But to wish away what as perceived as the natural right to self-defense because it may interfere with the constructed right to a fair trial–the former being a “right” that can be enjoyed by even the most primitive man living in a wilderness without government, while the latter being a “right” that requires the construction of a judicial system to enjoy–is the most insane bit of bullshit a Leftist can pull out of their ass.