Not to sound negative because anything that helps to combat crime is good but I feel that this law will not really prevent or lower crime rates. Most people, when confronted will do what they think is the best thing "at that time" and I doubt anyone ever considers "the law" when faced with an adverse condition. They act accordingly for that moment. If I was in my house in SXM and had a bat available and the timing was right, I would not stop to think about the law and what is legal and what is not. I would use the bat and worry about the consequences later.
So, my theory is that although the law now allows people to protect themselves in adverse conditions, I think that in the minds of the people, it was always there in a natural human response type of way. The only difference is that this new law will help protect them "after the fact".
What I would like to see are stiffer penalties for all criminal actions. I would also like to see more island crackdowns on illegals and drug addicts/vagrants. I would like to see a law penalizing groups "hanging out" without proper intention. I would like to see proper rehab facilities built. And most of all, I would also like to see sting operations every week in all areas of the island.
It's a lot to ask but even any one of them would please me.
Life is not a child's game of follow the Leader. Instead, life is more about finding one's own purpose in life....your life's plan, and then making a positive difference on earth.