Well, not quite. Chris Grayling sensibly proposes to change the law so people will only be convicted if they act "grossly disproportionately" in proctecting themselves or their families. At the moment you can be convicted if you use "unreasonable" force. So in theory, if you kill a burglar as the only means of stopping him killing you, you'll be OK.
Mr Grayling made it clear that killing a burglar would not necessarily be classed as 'grossly disproportionate'.
He said: 'If somebody breaks into your house with a knife and goes for you and you end up defending yourself and killing them, arguably in many cases that wouldn't be. It's got to be clear that the householder has gone way beyond what any reasonable person would expect to be the case to defend yourself.'
I have always believed the law needs changing and rebalancing in this area. Labour has mouthed platitudes about it for years now, but done absolutely nothing. I shall regard it as a key test of a Conservative government that it should bring in new proposals within a year of coming to power. The time for talking about it is long gone.