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Dick Durbin to hold hearing on ‘stand your ground’ laws
politico.com ^ | July 19, 2013 | BURGESS EVERETT

Posted on 07/19/2013 1:52:44 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat will hold a hearing on “stand your ground” laws this Fall.

Dick Durbin of Illinois announced on Friday that his Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hear testimony on state laws that give citizens the right of lethal force to defend themselves in situations where they feel their life is threatened, measures which are on the books in some form in dozens of states.

Durbin’s hearing will probe the roles of the NRA and the American Legislative Exchange Council — which helps draft conservative legislation in statehouses — in the crafting of the “stand your ground” laws, his office said. Durbin also plans to examine the legal definition of self defense, how the laws have affected shooting confrontations and how the laws interact with racial profiling by law enforcement.

A witness list or further details will be released in August in advance of the September hearing, an aide said.

The announcements comes six days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a case that sparked national scrutiny of “stand your ground” laws.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; alec; banglist; durbin; illinois; selfdefense; standyourground; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 07/19/2013 1:52:44 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

When government officials give up their security guards...we can have that discussion.


2 posted on 07/19/2013 1:53:59 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

self defense must be abolished ,Down With Self Defense ,I you are attacked just lie down and die


3 posted on 07/19/2013 1:55:05 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Shove it Dick! These are STATE LAWS and none of your creepy *** cracka business!


4 posted on 07/19/2013 1:55:16 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Keep your powder dry.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Well, Durbin is liberal, and the liberal view is that stand your ground laws are a reason for this case happening. We live in a liberal world.


5 posted on 07/19/2013 1:55:26 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Here we go. Screw these asswipes and their armed protect lives they lead. GZ trial was SELF DEFENSE nothing to do with SYG laws. The left is so paranoid people defend their lives an family against the thug class. Why?


6 posted on 07/19/2013 1:55:42 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Under the Pro Trayvon folks’ version of this case, it was indeed TM who would have benefited from SYG. But why think anything through intelligently?

Their problem was the facts, not the law.


7 posted on 07/19/2013 1:56:17 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

8 posted on 07/19/2013 1:57:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Tailgunner Joe
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9 posted on 07/19/2013 1:59:35 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Tailgunner Joe

How many FReepers swore up and down that, just because Zimmerman’s defense team DIDN’T use SYG in their arguments, that SYG was safe from the Leftists?

How does that big, 44-oz big-gulp sized serving of “WE TOLD YOU SO” taste today?


10 posted on 07/19/2013 1:59:55 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Lat time I checked Durbin has no say about Florida’s laws.


11 posted on 07/19/2013 2:01:26 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I can see it now, the Beat-down/Knockout Game Protection Act of 2013. Will be one of Congresses finest moments, if you're a lib. That is until the “little angels” start beating them.
12 posted on 07/19/2013 2:06:22 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Dick Durbin of Illinois announced on Friday that his Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hear testimony on state laws that give citizens the right of lethal force to defend themselves in situations where they feel their life is threatened, measures which are on the books in some form in dozens of states.

Uh, Isn't that called self defense, Dick Turban?

13 posted on 07/19/2013 2:08:07 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hang him

Hear him go ARRR.


14 posted on 07/19/2013 2:09:56 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Wow. That sure didn’t take long, did it? Carrion feeders must have keen senses of smell.


15 posted on 07/19/2013 2:19:12 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: smoothsailing

So Obama changes the rules of engagement in the military by fiat, because he can, thus seriously hobbling our once invincible military machine, because he thinks they too have been “too aggressive” in the past. Their penalty for past success is to become obedient sitting ducks for enemies who don’t play by the rules.

But disarming the citizenry is more delicate work, and the frontal attack didn’t work so well. So again the point of attack is the civilian rules of engagement, made a softer target by getting his demographic charged up with racial animus. Not long from now, defending the centuries old law of self defense will bring a charge of racism. Alinsky Stigmatism 101. Thats why the NRA is being singled out as the focus of the new evil. Sad times.


17 posted on 07/19/2013 2:22:55 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What the HELL is wrong about ‘Stand Your Ground” Laws?????? I don’t get it.


18 posted on 07/19/2013 2:51:11 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Dumba$$ Durbin better be schooled in state’s rights .


19 posted on 07/19/2013 3:28:09 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: Mouton

Dick Turban is a draft dodger? Pray tell this Vietnam vet more; I loved hearing Tom Harkin boast about his nonexistent combat record.

Anyway, anyone who seeks reelection and advocates repeal of Stand Your Ground will go down in flames. These elitists really don’t know what they sound like to us ordinary folks.


20 posted on 07/19/2013 3:28:36 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Ann Archy

SYG is inconvenient for Durbins’s constituents. And since he has armed bodyguards he can sit on his dead ass and let them take the heat for protecting him.


21 posted on 07/19/2013 3:32:40 PM PDT by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: Ann Archy
What the HELL is wrong about ‘Stand Your Ground” Laws?????? I don’t get it.

We have seen in many lib columns and articles recently a completely inaccurate perception of what the SYG laws actually say and do. According to the liberals, SYG laws allow a person to shoot and kill someone just because they find them to be "suspicious". This is the entire underpinning of the Martin/Zimmerman case to many of these people.

Never mind that SYG laws say no such thing, or that SYG had nothing to do with this case.

Some libs believe that Zimmerman was legally allowed to shoot Martin after finding him to be suspicious (due to being black), and that's it.

23 posted on 07/19/2013 3:38:04 PM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m sure Durbin will say that Zimmerman is the worst person since Heinrich Himmler.


24 posted on 07/19/2013 3:39:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Honky hafta give groun’.


25 posted on 07/19/2013 3:42:30 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Another BS hearing, so Durbin and the Democrats can look like they’re doing something.


26 posted on 07/19/2013 3:47:03 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

F.U.D.D.

And I’m not talking Elmer.


27 posted on 07/19/2013 4:07:19 PM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Have any of these @$$hats ever heard of the 2nd and 10th amendments?
28 posted on 07/19/2013 4:25:27 PM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: popdonnelly; Springfield Reformer

Sen. Durbin can run in 2014. The best Republican, in that race, is Chad Koppie, and I’m his campaign manager. Chad is pro-gun rights, pro-life, anti-illegal alien, pro-tax cuts, and pro-spending cuts. He’s a member of the Kane Co. Regional Board of Schools, and he was a township trustee and school board member. In the 1998 governor primary, Chad was the only conservative candidate. Please read his site, www.chadkoppieforillinois.com. We need a lot more volunteers, donations, and interviews.


29 posted on 07/20/2013 4:43:08 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Give it up, Dick.


30 posted on 07/20/2013 6:06:42 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

This is just an excuse to investigate the NRA and
any other conservative organizations.

Durbin should be driven out of office with horse
whips.


31 posted on 07/20/2013 6:19:33 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68; All
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32 posted on 07/20/2013 7:21:23 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Now that Dick Turban has solved the economy, he’ll go on with his campaign to destroy states rights.


33 posted on 07/20/2013 7:44:40 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: DonaldC
Stand Your Ground was NOT INVOKED IN THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL!!!

Why the HELL do we continue to allow these idiot lefttards to DEFINE THE TERMS when they're wrong?!?

They cannot define MARRIAGE, they cannot define WEALTHY, and the cannot define the 2ND AMENDMENT!!

34 posted on 07/20/2013 7:46:13 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Tailgunner Joe

So, bottom line, what’s the difference between “stand your ground” and “self defense”? They look a lot alike to me.


35 posted on 07/20/2013 10:23:10 AM PDT by foxfield
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To: foxfield

President Traythug wants you to have to run away rather than defend yourself if you get attacked on the street by a punk who looks like he could be the President’s son. He also thinks that if you are a creepy cracka then you are not allowed to get out of your car or walk down the street unless you have the Traythug’s permission.


36 posted on 07/20/2013 12:06:48 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

bump


37 posted on 07/20/2013 12:11:43 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: foxfield
So, bottom line, what’s the difference between “stand your ground” and “self defense”? They look a lot alike to me.

Stand Your Ground protects your Self Defense rights.

If you are attacked, fight back, win, and claim Self Defense . . . If the Authorities find Self Defense was justified, the attacker and his/her heirs (family) cannot sue you in Civil Court for damages and losses incurred.

38 posted on 07/20/2013 12:55:22 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Well, Durbin is liberal, and the liberal view is that stand your ground laws are a reason for this case happening. We live in a liberal world.


I also think that he is truly representing his ‘natural constituency’ ie. those who would prey on others.


39 posted on 07/21/2013 4:14:16 AM PDT by The Working Man
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