These kinds of judgment rulings really piss me off. Every person has the right to defend their property, and yes, with guns. Here, the government is defending the criminals. What's this farmer supposed to do, nothing? Call the cops and wait? Give me a friggin' break. You don't wanna get shot? Then don't trespass and steal. It's not vigilantism. It's called defending your property.
It's not wrong. You're wrong. Unbelievable. Alberta would be the last place I thought this type of injustice would occur. I guess not.
Justice Monica Bast rejected the defence's argument that the shooting was impulsive, saying she believed Knight was aware to some degree what he was doing.
Knight chased and used a shot gun to fire at a man who was stealing Knight's ATV from his farm near Tees, Alta.
In the early morning of March 26, 2009, Knight found three men in his farmyard. He jumped out of bed and gave chase clad in boxer shorts and rubber boots to a man riding Knight's all-terrain vehicle. Knight rammed the ATV with his car and, when the man abondoned the machine and began running, Knight pulled out a shotgun, firing two rounds at him, police said.
The man was eventually caught after Knight called friends and relatives to help in the search, police said.
Crown prosecutor Jason Snider recommended Knight be sent to jail for 90 days to be served intermittently.
Snider told Justice Bast the shooting was a vigilante act and the court must send a message that behavior of this sort is wrong.
Maybe we should change our motto to "Kind of Strong and Not So Free".