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Holder Wants To End ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

From the Associated Press:

AG Holder criticizes stand-your-ground laws

By PETE YOST and MIKE SCHNEIDER | July 16, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense "sow dangerous conflict" and need to be reassessed, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday in assailing the statutes that exist in many states.

Holder said he was concerned about the Trayvon Martin slaying case in which Florida’s stand-your-ground law played a part.

That is simply a bold-faced lie. The ‘Stand Your Ground’ law did not play a part in the Zimmerman case. Neither the defense nor the prosecution ever brought it up. Because it did not apply in this case.

The life-long highly partisan Democrat judge made a completely unnecessary and unwarranted reference to it in her instructions to the jury. (She told them Zimmerman “had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force.”)

But that was obviously just a ploy to allow the media and the rest of the left to continue propagating this lie to advance their political agenda.

But he added: "Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation’s attention, it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods." …

"There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the ‘if’ is important — no safe retreat is available," Holder told the NAACP.

Such as when you are lying flat on your back being straddled by someone who is pummeling you and pounding your head into the sidewalk?

The country must take a hard look at laws that contribute to "more violence than they prevent," Holder said during a speech before an NAACP convention in Orlando, about 20 miles from the courthouse where Zimmerman was cleared of the charges three days earlier…

Where is the documentation to prove this claim? (Hint: there is none. He just made it up.)

Such laws "try to fix something that was never broken," he said…

This? From a Democrat?

Martin’s shooting shined a light on Florida’s stand-your-ground and similar laws around the nation. Most say a person has no duty to retreat if he is attacked in a place he has a right to be and can meet force with force if he fears death or great bodily harm…

In fact, 30 states have some variation of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, including California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Michigan. And three more states are in the process of passing them.

Apparently, all of those state legislatures and governors are mistaken. Only Eric Holder knows the truth.

Though stand-your-ground was never raised during trial, Judge Debra Nelson included a provision about the law in the instructions that allowed jurors to consider it as a legitimate defense…

Again, this partisan hack only did so in order to perpetuate the left’s lie that it was involved in this case.

"But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common-sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely," Holder said…

Once again, this has absolutely nothing to do with the situation Mr. Zimmerman found himself in.

"Stand-your-ground laws license vigilantism and we should all worry about that," said Benjamin Jealous, the NAACP’s president and CEO, after Holder’s speech…

BS. Mr. Jealous like the rest of the Democrats is only trying to overturn stand your ground based on a cold political calculation. They figure it’s more likely they will lose a potential voter if a thug gets shot by a victim.

In fact, if Mr. Jealous really cared about his supposed constituents he would be aware of how they are helped by ‘Stand Your Ground.’

From the Daily Caller:

Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate

By Patrick Howley | July 16, 2013

African Americans benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help African Americans.

Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population. The majority of those claims have been successful, a success rate that exceeds that for Florida whites

[A]pproximately one third of Florida “Stand Your Ground” claims in fatal cases have been made by black defendants, and they have used the defense successfully 55 percent of the time, at the same rate as the population at large and at a higher rate than white defendants, according to a Daily Caller analysis of a database maintained by the Tampa Bay Times. Additionally, the majority of victims in Florida “Stand Your Ground” cases have been white.

African Americans used “Stand Your Ground” defenses at nearly twice the rate of their presence in the Florida population, which was listed at 16.6 percent in 2012…

Nit pickers. But ultimately this has nothing to do with crime. The left never wants us to take personal responsibility, even when it comes to defending our very lives. They want to convince us that personal responsibility is something the government should do for us.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Holder Wants To End ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    The 2nd Amendment is my Stand My Ground

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      A technicality, but an important one, on which I must disagree. The second amendment is my guarantee that the government can’t stop me from standing my ground.

    • GetBackJack says:

      I bow to a superior Comment

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      I thank you humbly, but please keep your insights coming. You, Rusty and Mr. Bill are the biggest reasons I read the comments (no offence to the rest of this Crew)

  2. canary says:

    The public schools have already indoctrinated students it’s against regulations to defend yourself.
    The student being pummeled has to remain passive until a teacher breaks up the fight. If a teacher sees the victim fighting back they are punished a long with the thug.

    Now that we know, in spite of the judge being biased for Trayvon Martin would not allow the evidence he loved to fight and kick a** and was a juvenile delinquent, (Zimmerman’s self-defense classes were allowed) ,

    we can only speculate how Trayvon Martin felt when his mother who could not control him, sent him to live with his father whom she hoped would discipline him.

    We can only speculate that perhaps Trayvon Martin was going to show both parents that no matter what they tried, he was determined to do what he wanted.

    Perhaps even go overboard so that his father would send him back to his mother.

    So, strange that Trayvon Martin “did not call 9/11 or “retreat.

    But, Trayvon knew the police would becoming at some point and may or may not have planned to boogie at some point, so he could brag to his friends, or his father would give him attention, positive or negative.

    Why didn’t Trayvon retreat or call 9/11, or tell his female friend to call the police as she knew exactly where he was.

  3. wirenut says:

    Our founder’s stated very clearly, that the right to defend yourself from harm is God give’n. Not gubment driven.
    It is consistent with the laws of nature and the process of natural selection. To lose yet another to any kind of violence is sad. The jury got it right. Holder is trying to appease the race puppteers and push for gun control.
    Can anyone say, Fast and Furious? Holder has killed more people than Druncle Ted Kennedy. Shameless!

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