The Witchcraft Act was a law passed by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain. Authorities viewed witchcraft and magic as illusory, treating it as a serious offense. The last person executed for witchcraft in Great Britain was in 1727. The keyword above is “illusory”.
Today it is legislation that contains no criminal intent as an element of an offense that targets anyone associated with a firearm real or otherwise that results in a criminal charge.
A good example of a “Witch-Hunt legislation” is the following situation:
Teenagers in New South Wales engaging in the sport of gel-blasters (i.e. a toy gun that propels soft gel harmless to people) are the targets of a criminal offense to be in possession of these toys. Some will say that the justification for this criminal law is that gel-blasters look like real guns.
However, it is reasonable to say that over time real guns now look like toys noting the use of plastics and Hollywood like add-ons including futurist stocks, scopes, and other devices. It has become difficult to tell a real gun from a toy gun, and the trend is that real guns will become more sci-fi looking in appearance.
if criminal intent is not an element of an offence than it is reasonable to say that it is “illusory” to presume that just because a person may be in possession of a firearm (real or otherwise) that they have criminal intent.
Another example of possession of a firearm (real or otherwise) that has no criminal intent is the fear of being raped. A woman is being stalked by a known rapist that is illusive to the resource-poor police. Being a person that grew up during the era when possession of a firearm in and of itself was not evil, she acquires a 22 rifle from the black market that she keeps hidden in her bedroom because she is familiar with this weapon and knows how to safely use it if need be?
One night the known rapist break in through her back door, and she retrieves the rifle and as he breaks down her bedroom door she stand across the room from him and points the rifle at him shouting, “I’ll shoot if you take one more step towards me.” ‘
On seeing the armed woman the known rapist retreats into the street and crashes his car running a red light.
The police arrest the woman for possession of an illegal firearm and they arrest the man for breaking into her house. Under present laws who will the law punish most in the above scenario, the known rapist or the woman?
Regrettable the woman will receive the hardest penalty as the man’s actions fall short of attempted rape because he did not take that one more step.