Skip to comments.Huckabee supports 'castle doctrine' law
Posted on 01/06/2006 1:04:07 AM PST by neverdem
LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that he would support legislation in Arkansas for a law like one passed in Florida last year to protect citizens who use deadly force in self-defense against criminal prosecution and civil liability.
Huckabee told a caller to his monthly radio show that he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and believes "there is an absolute right that people have to protect themselves and even their property."
Huckabee spokesman Jim Harris said the governor has had a concealed carry permit for more than three years but that the governor preferred not do discuss whether he actually carries a gun.
A spokesman for the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C., said the organization would push legislation similar to the Florida law in Arkansas during the 2007 regular legislative session.
Huckabee also fielded several questions about education during his hour-long statewide call-in show on the Arkansas Radio Network, and said he had met with legislative leaders Tuesday to begin developing a plan address school reforms in a special session.
The governor also told callers that he was beginning the show's last year on the air. He is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election and will leave office when his term ends in early 2007.
"We're in the home stretch," he said.
During the show, a caller from Cabot asked the governor what he thought of Florida's so-called "Castle Doctrine." Passed last year, the law states that any person has the right to "stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm."
The name of the law is drawn from the adage that a man's home is his castle.
"Personally, I think it's the way it ought to be," Huckabee said. "We ought to have the right to protect ourselves. If that were introduced in Arkansas, I would certainly be supportive."
The NRA lobbied heavily for the Florida legislation and after its approval, Wayne LaPierre, the organization's executive vice president, said he hoped to see it passed in other states over the next few years.
"We'll be pushing it in Arkansas and a number of other states," NRA Public Affairs Director Andrew Arulanandam said Wednesday.
On public education, a favorite topic among callers to his show Wednesday, Huckabee said he still has no idea when a special session would be held and won't know until lawmakers address key issues. He said any special session must include measures to improve school accountability, transparency and efficiency.
"There has to be definite goals for a session," the governor said.
Last month, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature failed to make education spending its top priority in the 2005 legislative session and said lawmakers "grossly underfunded" school building repairs and construction.
The high court set a Dec. 1 deadline for lawmakers to address what Justice Robert Brown called "a constitutional infirmity which must be corrected immediately."
The governor said it is crucial to make sure school funds are being spent efficiently.
"We can't just keep throwing money at schools without knowing where it's going and how it's being spent," he said.
He reiterated is desire for the Legislature to develop a pay plan or pay scale for school administrators, based on workload and size of the district. Some superintendents are paid too much for the work they do while others aren't paid enough, he said.
Huckabee also said he is in the process of selecting a committee of award-winning teachers to meet with him privately to recommend education reforms.
"It seems like we listen to a lot of different people talk about education, but we don't let teachers have a voice," he said. "We need to hear form the folks out there on the front lines."
Wonder if the NRA said push or support?
All 50 governors should be made to carry a gun, and go without their state police escorts, so they can understand what the rest of us go through every day in trying to stay safe from the marauding b@$t@rds that inhabit this world. It sure would keep them more humble to be responsible for their own safety.
Can we shoot the prosucuters and plaintif's lawyers?
My governor is a concealed communist.
Based on this article, Huckabee sounds like he has a lot of common sense. If he were running in my state, he'd have my vote.
Who is your governor? Are you in Arkansas?
Gov. Jennifer Granola (democrat-communist) of the formerly late, great state Michigan. Highest unemployment rate in the nation. Highest business tax rate in the nation. Her crowning achievement is spending $100 million to build taxpayer-funded couscous stands in Detroit. A press release this week said she's hoping to attract green-haired people to rebuild Michigan's crumbling cities.
My sympathies for your state. Any chance of improvement in the near future?
What's the difference? I have no reason to doubt them. It's the NRA's stated plan, just as expanding concealed carry privileges to the Alaska model that copied Vermont's concealed carry RIGHT.
"Mr. LaPierre of the N.R.A. said his group would introduce the bill in every state, and he predicted it would win broad national support."
We have hope. Her approval ratings are somewhere south of poisonous snakes and low-down bushwhackers. Her supporters are union thugs, poofers wearing bunny slippers, tree hugging hippies and Detroit crooks.
We're trying to give our chicken republicans a spine transplant before next election so they'll challenge the vote fraudsters in the 2006 election. We have this irritating tradition of Detroit waiting until all the votes are counted and then manufacturing enough votes to elect the socialist crook de jure. We hope the spine transplant will send enough armed republicans into the Detrtoit jungle to act as poll watchers.
Huckabee loves to let criminals out of jail
Huckabee loves to let criminals out of jail. all they have to do is claim that they "have religion".
"Castle Doctrine" already exists at common law. The problem has been that judges have been radicals in limiting to the inside of close to the confines of the actual physical home.
This is essentially rebooting what should already exist and stripping away the ability of lawyers to pursue home owners.
THIS IS REAL TORT REFORM!
He talks the talk, but he’s never walked the conservative walk.
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