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When should we take the law into our own hands?

By Duncan Brown  

Shotguns: More effective than 999?

Nigel Warburton wrote in the February issue of Prospect that taking the law into your own hands, by beating up people who were attacking your family, for example, was not compatible with living in civil society. But people continue to do so, like the Sussex pub landlord who appeared in today’s papers saying he regretted not executing two burglars he held at gunpoint.

According to reports, as soon as he heard noises, Simon Thomas got his…

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