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In issue 250, the subtitle of Ailsa Cameron’s comment piece is misleading and factually incorrect. The ‘accused’ was a neighbourhood watch volunteer, not a ‘policeman’. Neighbourhood watch groups are part of civil society, made up of regular citizens who have no more power to enforce the law than any other regular citizen has.
Furthermore, the law Ailsa Cameron was critically looking at was the so-called ‘stand your ground’ law which has to do with the definition of legal self-defence. This has nothing to do with the weapon used in self-defence so it is not a ‘weapon possession’ law as the subtitle says. Finally, Cameron refers to the National Rifles Association. It is the National Rifle Association.