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  • Coke withdraws from group that backs Stand Your Ground law

    04/06/2012 7:13:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 45 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | April 5, 2012 | Barbara Liston and Martinne Geller
    ORLANDO, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co is dropping its membership in a conservative national advocacy group that supports "Stand Your Ground" laws such as the one being used as a defense in the Florida killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. The move by the world's biggest soft drink maker comes as corporate America faces increased scrutiny from consumers and shareholder activists over lobbying and political spending.
  • Why the Trayvon Martin Circus Could Derail Obama's Re-election (Fawning sycophantcy alert)

    04/04/2012 3:19:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post | April 4, 2012 | James Marshall Crotty.
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  • Martin's Parents Plan To Sue Homeowners Group(FL barf alert)

    04/03/2012 6:58:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Greg Allen
    In Florida, questions continue to swirl about the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman gun down the teen in February. Zimmerman hasn't been charged because he claimed self-defense. One question that hasn't been answered: Is the homeowners association liable for the death. Here's NPR's Greg Allen. GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: There are nearly 200 townhomes at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, the community in Sanford where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. It's possible the owners of those townhomes may also be held liable in Trayvon Martin's shooting. Lawyers for the Martin family say they plan...
  • Poll: Should the Florida Legislature repeal the Stand Your Ground law?

    03/31/2012 10:29:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 57 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 25 March 2012 | David Simon
    Reader poll/web vote with barf-worthy opinion piece.Opinion: Welcome to Florida. Beware of gunmen standing their ground
  • Swampscott sees both sides of Martin controversy

    03/29/2012 11:37:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies
    Lynn (MA) Item ^ | 3/29/12 | Cyrus Moulton
    SWAMPSCOTT — The controversy over Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when killed by a member of a neighborhood watch who claimed Martin looked “suspicious,” has come to Swampscott High School as students are organizing a “Wear Your Hoodie Day” on Friday. “They’re asking my child to identify with a man who in a police report is described as banging a person’s head on the sidewalk,” said parent Dr. Judy Bevis, a clinical psychologist. “The message being sent to kids is react, react emotionally, before we have all the information.” But school officials defended...
  • Obama Campaign: Republicans Are "Politicizing" Trayvon's Death (Unbelievable!)

    03/28/2012 1:58:07 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Wednesday March 28, 2012
    "His Republican opponents have jumped all over him because they do want to play politics with this issue. The President spoke from his heart on this, it was trying to emphasize with some parents who had just lost a child. By any measure, this was a tragedy and we need to let the investigation take its course," Stephanie Cutter, Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager, said on MSNBC today. "People have to stop politicizing it," she added. "It's no surprise that some of our Republican opponents are trying to make an issue with this. But the President spoke from the heart and...
  • Congressional Democrats' hate crime forum dominated by Trayvon Martin case

    03/27/2012 7:15:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies ^ | March 27, 2012 | Mark K. Matthews
    With the parents of Trayvon Martin looking on, congressional Democrats met Tuesday on Capitol Hill to explore ways they could use federal law to prevent a repeat of the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford that claimed the life of the Miami Gardens teenager. But legislative discussion largely took a back seat during the nearly three-hour session to emotional responses to the shooting of Trayvon by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch coordinator who has claimed self-defense. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, said she was "counting down the days" until Zimmerman is arrested for what she called the "murder" of Trayvon, a...
  • Stand Your Ground Law Is Not What We Are Being Told - Its A Pack Of Lies

    03/27/2012 10:49:38 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 17 replies
    What does Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law actually say self defense with deadly force really is? Stand your ground laws are being spun by politicians and anti gun rights groups to say that they create a license to kill. This assertion is not the truth anywhere in the US. They also say they should be eliminated. They say that the laws should expressly say that the person using deadly force can’t be the aggressor. It already does that in Florida. Just read the actual law below. Those attacking the law as a license to kill have not read the law...
  • How "Stand Your Ground" Really Works (FL)

    03/27/2012 8:37:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 26 March, 2012 | Jon Gutmacher
    This is an update on two earlier posts I've made -- that further explains the law involved in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman situation. It is a more involved explanation of the laws that might apply. The “Stand Your Ground” law – is basically the same law used in Florida for over a century with some added features. To understand why it is very much needed . . . what changes might not be a bad thing . . . and some other important issues . . . let’s try an actual “intelligent” discussion – without the media hype, the racial...
  • Schumer calls for federal probe of 'Stand Your Ground' laws after Florida shooting

    03/27/2012 6:25:27 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2012
    Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Justice Department to investigate so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws following the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teen. The law, a version of which was enacted in Florida in 2005, allows for individuals to use deadly force -- even outside their home -- if they feel threatened. Since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Republican leaders have called the killing a tragedy but argue that the law in question did not actually apply to this case. Still, Schumer wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday that the laws themselves...

    03/24/2012 8:47:14 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 131 replies · 9+ views
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | March 23, 2012 | Massad Ayoob
    (Snip) The death weapon was a Kel-Tec PF9 semiautomatic 9mm pistol. It has been reported that the gun was recovered with a full magazine and that only the chambered round had been fired. This is a condition we associate with something preventing the gun from cycling a fresh round from the magazine into the chamber after the shot was discharged. One thing that can cause that is another man’s hand wrapped around the pistol, retarding its slide mechanism. This would indicate, as could certain gunshot residue patterns or cuts in certain places if found on Trayvon Martin’s hand(s), that a...
  • Florida lawmakers behind Stand Your Ground law says it does not apply to George Zimmerman

    03/26/2012 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Altariel · 16 replies · 6+ views ^ | March 22, 2012 | Linda Young
    Linda Young – AHN News Writer Sanford, FL, United States (AHN) – Even the Florida lawmakers who sponsored the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law now say that it does not apply in the shooting death Trayvon Martin because the shooter followed the boy. Self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, spotted Martin as the 17-year-old was returning from buying candy. Martin and his father were watching basketball on TV at a friend’s house and Martin had left to buy candy and ice tea. He was talking on his cellphone with his 16-year-old girlfriend who says he was worried about...
  • Trayvon Martin Killing Lead Prosecutor Says George Zimmerman Could Walk

    03/26/2012 3:27:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies · 61+ views
    ABC "news" ^ | 3/26/2012
    The nationwide clamor for an arrest notwithstanding, the lead prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case tells ABC News that convicting his killer, the neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, could prove difficult. "The stand-your-ground law is one portion of justifiable use of deadly force," veteran State Attorney Angela Corey said. "And what that means is that the state must go forward and be able to prove it's case beyond a reasonable doubt… So it makes the case in general more difficult than a normal criminal case."
  • Trayvon Martin Killing: Friend Tells ABC News Howls on 911 Tapes Belong to Zimmerman, Not Martin

    03/24/2012 9:51:42 PM PDT · by kristinn · 164 replies · 228+ views
    ABC News ^ | Saturday March 24, 2012 | Matt Gutman and Olivia Katrandjian
    A friend of George Zimmerman, the man who shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., told ABC News today that the voice heard howling on the tape of a 911 call was Zimmerman's, not the teen's. The man, a black friend of the family who spoke to Zimmerman tonight, told ABC News that Zimmerman was weeping for days after the shooting, which sparked protests across the country, and he insisted that Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, is not a racist. "We wanted to come forward because allegations of racism just aren't true. His friends speak highly of him," said attorney...
  • Zimmerman's lawyer: 'Stand your ground' doesn't apply in Trayvon Martin case

    03/24/2012 9:59:15 AM PDT · by Qbert · 32 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | March 24, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Sanford, Florida (CNN) -- A lawyer for the man at the center of the Trayvon Martin death investigation said Florida's "stand your ground" law doesn't apply to the shooting that killed the unarmed teen. "In my legal opinion, that's not really applicable to this case. The statute on 'stand your ground' is primarily when you're in your house," said Craig Sonner, attorney for George Zimmerman. "This is self-defense, and that's been around for forever -- that you have a right to defend yourself. So the next issue (that) is going to come up is, was he justified in using the...
  • Rick Santorum Convicts Trayvon Martin Shooter On Hannity Show

    03/23/2012 4:28:30 PM PDT · by red flanker · 149 replies · 2+ views
    The Conservative Review Blog ^ | March 23, 2012 | Marcus Porcius
    Just moments ago on the Sean Hannity radio show, GOP candidate and RINO Rick Santorum took it upon himself to convict George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. He said, and I’m paraphrasing slightly: It was a heinous crime and he did a despicable, unjustifiable thing and the Sanford police should have reacted to that immediately. Again, I am paraphrasing a little as I did not have a recorder running to get his exact words, but that was essentially his statement.
  • Trayvon Martin case has been poorly handled, Santorum says

    03/23/2012 3:19:52 PM PDT · by AnybodyButBarry · 160 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/23/12 | Felicia Sonmez and Nia-Malika Henderson
    In remarks after President Obama made his first public comment on the matter, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum said Friday that the handling by Florida law enforcement of the Trayvon Martin case has been “horrible” and that the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law should not apply to the shooter, George Zimmerman. “Well, ‘Stand Your Ground’ is not doing what this man did,” Santorum said Friday morning at a campaign event in Monroe, La. “There’s a difference between ‘Stand Your Ground’ and doing what he did. And it’s a horrible case. It’s chilling to hear what happened, and of course the...
  • Stand Your Ground Self Defense Laws Under Ferocious Attack

    03/23/2012 7:27:29 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 10 replies
    Stand Your Ground Laws are under attack after the Sanford, Florida gun "crisis." Anti gun groups claim that the law needs to be eliminated or changed. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether Mr. Zimmerman acted correctly is a matter of speculation, and it will be until it is resolved by the County’s Grand Jury. Justice will be done. Stand Your Ground laws have saved more lives than have been taken by its misuse. Vocal opponents of the law are not aware that Florida’s Stand Your Ground “Castle” Law only creates a rebuttable legal presumption in the law that...
  • Senator calls on governor to name special prosecutor in shooting death of black teen

    03/22/2012 7:30:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 76 replies · 3+ views ^ | March 21, 2012 | Dara Kam
    TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. Gary Siplin and a coalition of other black lawmakers are asking Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate last month's shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer near Orlando. Trayvon Martin, 17, who was black, was killed Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white Hispanic, in a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman, who has not been charged, has said he shot the high school student in self-defense. The shooting, now being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and local authorities, has sparked an international furor with...
  • Intruder killed in Summerlin identified as Las Vegas teen

    03/21/2012 4:42:25 PM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 2:45 p.m. | By Jackie Valley
    The backyard intruder fatally shot by a Summerlin homeowner Tuesday morning has been identified as a Las Vegas teen, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. Demarcus Carter, 19, died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner said. His death was ruled a homicide. The situation unfolded shortly before 9:30 a.m. when a homeowner in the 2100 block of Spurs Court, near Hualapai Way and Sahara Avenue, reported the shooting, Metro Police said.
  • Shoot First, Claim Self-Defense Later

    03/20/2012 1:25:45 PM PDT · by Fawn · 64 replies
    The Loyal Opposition ^ | March 20, 2012 | andrew rosenthal
    In late February, 28-year-old George Zimmerman called 911 to report that a “real suspicious guy” was walking down the street in Sanford, Fla. He decided to follow the “suspicious guy,” and later that night Mr. Zimmerman shot and killed him with a 9 mm handgun. The “suspicious guy” was a black 17-year-old named Trayvon Martin. He was unarmed, carrying only a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.
  • Pistol Packin Preachers

    02/16/2012 9:46:55 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | 16 Feb 2012 | Ray Doughty
    An Oklahoma state lawmaker is pushing to include churches under the "Stand Your Ground" law. Representative Mike Ritze wants to give people clear legal authority to respond to dangerous individuals who threaten the safety of people at a place of worship. "They don't have to do it, we are not mandating it. It just recognizes the right that they can do it just like they can in their homes, vehicles, and businesses," Rep. Ritze said. The lawmaker points to the murder of a pastor in Anadarko and the recent bomb threat at Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond as the reasons...
  • Minn. Police, Attorneys Oppose Deadly Force Bill (Stand Your Ground)

    02/16/2012 7:53:15 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies ^ | 2/16/12 | Lauren Radomski/AP
    Key police chiefs and county prosecutors joined together on Thursday to urge Minnesota lawmakers to not pass legislation that would give people more freedom to use deadly force when protecting themselves. The legislation creates the presumption that a person in their home or other dwelling who uses deadly force does so believing they are in danger of harm or death. The bill also removes the obligation for that person to retreat from such a situation. It's headed for a full Senate vote soon. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said at a Capitol press conference that the bill shifts the standard...
  • More accused hope to use 'Stand Your Ground' law to gain freedom

    09/13/2011 4:51:04 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 4 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 9-12-11 | Alexia Campbell
    It was historic when Michael Monahan walked out of the Palm Beach County Jail last week a free man. One day, he faced up to life in prison for fatally shooting two men who boarded his boat in Riviera Beach. The next day, a judge dismissed the first-degree murder charges against him. Monahan's case marks the first time a Palm Beach County judge has dismissed a murder charge under a controversial state law that gives extra protection to people who use force in self-defense...
  • Governor Corbett Signs Self Defense Bill Into Law

    06/28/2011 12:56:34 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 11 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | 06/28/2011 | John Pierce
    Moments ago, in a private ceremony in his office, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 40 into law, significantly expanding the self-defense rights of the law-abiding citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Governor Corbett Signs Self Defense Bill Into Law

    06/28/2011 12:56:28 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 2 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | 06/28/2011 | John Pierce
    Moments ago, in a private ceremony in his office, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 40 into law, significantly expanding the self-defense rights of the law-abiding citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Minnesota: Two Major Pro-Gun Bills Up for Committee Consideration This Week and Need Your Support!

    05/03/2011 9:40:57 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies
    NRA ^ | 5-2-11 | NRA-ILA
    Two important pro-gun bills need your immediate attention. As we reported last week, House File 1467 passed in the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee by a 10 to 7 vote. HB 1467, which is sponsored by state Representative Tony Cornish (R-24B), is now before the House Judiciary Committee and will be voted on during its hearing at 8:15 a.m. this Wednesday, May 4. The Senate companion bill sponsored by state Senator Gretchen Hoffman (R-10), Senate File 1357 Senate File 1357, is expected to be considered by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee as early...
  • Oklahoma Pharmacist Case Tests Self-Defense Law

    03/06/2011 4:26:27 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 83 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6 Mar 2011 | L. L. Woodard
    When Jerome Jay Ersland, has his day in court, Oklahoma's self-defense laws will be tested too. The 57-year-old-pharmacist was charged with first-degree murder as a result of shooting death that took place May 19, 2009. Two teenage boys entered the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City where Ersland worked, but Ersland was able to chase only one of the youths out the door of the store. The other youth, 16-year-old Antwun Parker, was shot by Ersland six times. Oklahoma was among the first states to enact the self-defense legislation referred to as the Make My Day law. The law, named...
  • Debate over Stand Your Ground law begins anew(FL)

    02/14/2011 4:08:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 12 February, 2011 | Suevon Lee
    In the aftermath of a fatal shooting outside an Ocala bowling alley last month, no one disputed the fact that an unarmed young man was shot and killed. How then to explain why the shooter was spared charges in the death? Simple: It's the law. Late on Jan. 18, Marqualle Woolbright, 17, sat in the back seat of a parked Jeep, holding a .22-caliber handgun he wasn't legally allowed to possess because of his age. He reached across two people and shot Antonio "TJ" Lamar Gordon once in the chest. Gordon, according to eyewitnesses, had been standing outside the vehicle...
  • 'Stand Your Ground' cases on the rise (FL)

    01/03/2011 3:40:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3 January, 2011 | JAY STAPLETON
    DAYTONA BEACH -- A decade-old law that gives criminal immunity to some people who defend themselves with knives, fists, sticks or guns is rearing its head more frequently in Volusia County courtrooms. Under what is known as Florida's "Stand Your Ground Law," a Daytona Beach man recently avoided up to 15 years in prison for smashing another in the face with a 2-by-4 while defending himself and his girlfriend from a drunk attacker. Circuit Judge Patrick Kennedy on Dec. 2 ruled that Vincent Strollo is immune from prosecution, records show. It was interesting to see a man found immune from...
  • Should you have a legal duty to retreat from an intruder or attacker?

    10/11/2010 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 53 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | October 11, 2010 | David Codrea
    Pennsylvania's "Castle Doctrine" bill, H.B. 40, has cleared an important hurdle. From The Bulletin: The state House of Representatives voted last Tuesday for a bill to expand the legal use of deadly force in self-defense of individuals and their property... What, someone presumes to tell them they're not allowed to do that now? And here's another outrage: Current law also requires an individual to retreat from the threat before using deadly force if the individual is in a public place. Really? These people realize such encounters can be over in mere seconds? Or is it they just don't care?The anti-defense...
  • Jurors acquit in Chasco Fiesta fatal shooting (Test of FL "Stand Your Ground" Law)

    01/28/2010 7:44:16 PM PST · by I still care · 21 replies · 1,095+ views
    Pasco Tribune (Publication of Tampa Tribune) ^ | Jan 28, 2010 | Todd Leskanic
    NEW PORT RICHEY - Family and friends of Joe Martell sat in stunned silence. The atmosphere across the courtroom aisle was decidedly different as the family and friends of Max Horn Jr. cried tears of joy and hugged in celebration this afternoon after a deputy clerk read the not-guilty verdict in Horn's second-degree murder trial. Horn fatally shot the 34-year-old Martell on March 29, 2008, after an argument at the Chasco Fiesta. The men did not know each other. Horn spent the past two years in jail awaiting trial, but the jury needed less than three hours of deliberation to...
  • Shooter Invokes Law Of 'Stand Your Ground'

    01/17/2009 10:08:14 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 181 replies · 2,968+ views
    Tamba Bay Online ^ | 1/15/2009 | TODD LESKANIC
    NEW PORT RICHEY - Max Horn fired six shots into Joseph Martell, killing the 34-year-old in the crowded streets of last year's Chasco Fiesta. That grave but simple fact could soon become a test of the state's 2005 "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves under certain conditions. Horn's attorneys, Peter Brick and Keith Hammond, contend their client shot Martell in self-defense and therefore should be immune from a second-degree murder prosecution. The attorneys spent nearly five hours Thursday arguing the motion for immunity in front of Circuit Judge Michael Andrews. "The testimony...
  • States defending self-defense

    07/14/2007 7:00:36 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 48 replies · 2,078+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 14, 2007 | Editorial
    Norman Borden, 44, of West Palm Beach, Fla., deserves everybody's gratitude. Last year, he was walking his dogs when three men in a Jeep tried to run him over. One of the three, Juan Mendez, 21, later admitted he and his pals intended to "rough him up." They had what a prosecutor described as "an arsenal" in the vehicle. They never got a chance to carry out their attack. Mr. Borden was carrying a gun and shot five times through the windshield. To make sure he was safe, he fired another nine rounds into the side of the vehicle, severely...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Gen. Fast restricts soldiers' travel to Mexico

    05/18/2007 5:41:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 1,941+ views
    The commander of the Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca is restricting soldiers' assigned to the fort from traveling into Mexico. Additionally, Maj. Gen. Barbara Fast is advising Army civilian personnel and family members of military and civilians to be careful. Following is her message: "In view of the recent increase in drug-related violence just across the Mexican border near the towns of Cananea and Naco, until further notice, I am directing that all military personnel and strongly advising all Department of the Army civilian personnel and their families to restrict their travel by avoiding the border towns of Mexico. If...
  • Major gun battle in Mexico reported (100 killed)

    05/18/2007 6:49:38 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 120 replies · 3,960+ views
    American Patrol ^ | 5/15/2007 American Border Patrol Major gun battle in Mexico reported 1:22 pm PDT -- American Border Patrol has learned from a reliable source that there is a major gun battle on-going in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. More than 100 people have been killed. Word is that the government may pull the National Guard off the border because it fears a confrontation if people head north.
  • Is gun bill for safety or license to shoot? (MN)

    02/01/2007 8:43:49 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies · 442+ views
    Pioneer-Press ^ | 2/1/07 | RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER
    Measure would extend spaces for justified use of deadly force. Gun-rights advocates say the measure grants law-abiding citizens the right to defend themselves against attackers without being forced to retreat. Opponents say it grants people the right to "shoot first, ask questions later" and could turn Minnesota into the Wild West. Welcome to the latest debate about guns. The debate will land in Minnesota today as lawmakers introduce the measure known as the "Castle Doctrine." The proposal gets its name from the adage that your home is your castle, and it stems from the idea that you should be able...
  • ‘Castle doctrine’ bill picks up support (WV)

    01/25/2007 11:40:26 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1,062+ views
    Register-Herald ^ | January 24, 2007 | Mannix Porterfield
    CHARLESTON — Shooting an intruder breaking into a West Virginian’s home no longer would expose the homeowner to civil liability pressed by either the criminal or his family in a new Senate bill offered Wednesday. Pushed by the National Rifle Association, the measure is commonly known as the “Castle Doctrine,” harking back centuries to England. In that era, the law recognized that, as one writer phrased it, “a man’s home is his castle, and the wind, but not the king, may enter.” Put simply, it means a homeowner under law can protect his domicile from invaders without feeling any repercussions...
  • Once a Progressive State, Minnesota Is Now a Fief of the N.R.A.

    09/04/2006 11:19:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies · 2,477+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 5, 2006 | VERLYN KLINKENBORG
    Editorial Observer A couple of weeks ago, I checked into a hotel in Bloomington, a Minneapolis suburb framed by the airport and the Mall of America. On the hotel door was a sign: “Firearms Banned on These Premises.” The next day I drove to St. Joseph, an hour west of the Twin Cities, where I saw the same sign. Slowly the logical conclusion sank in. If firearms are banned on these premises, then they must not be banned in other places. Sure enough, a year ago the State Legislature passed a “concealed carry” law, which means that it’s legal to...
  • It should be up to those in danger to evaluate the threat

    08/21/2006 9:12:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 864+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 19, 2006 | EDITORIAL BOARD
    Sometime in the coming weeks, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will recommend changing state law to give Texans wider latitude to use deadly force in their own defense. If the Legislature agrees, as is likely, Texas will help fuel a veritable wildfire of "stand your ground" legislation spreading through the country. Since a similar law went into effect in Florida in October, 14 other states have passed their own versions. Another 10, including Texas, are considering them. Committee Chairman Terry Keel, R-Austin, says Texas needs such a law to make clear the legal right of property owners to decide...
  • 15 States Expand Right to Shoot in Self-Defense (Stand Your Ground Laws/2nd Amendment)

    08/06/2006 8:20:40 PM PDT · by nj26 · 45 replies · 1,305+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/7/2006 | ADAM LIPTAK
    In the last year, 15 states have enacted laws that expand the right of self-defense, allowing crime victims to use deadly force in situations that might formerly have subjected them to prosecution for murder. Supporters call them “stand your ground” laws. Opponents call them “shoot first” laws. Thanks to this sort of law, a prostitute in Port Richey, Fla., who killed her 72-year-old client with his own gun rather than flee was not charged last month. Similarly, the police in Clearwater, Fla., did not arrest a man who shot a neighbor in early June after a shouting match over putting...
  • Michigan Gov. Granholm Signs Legislation to Strengthen Self-Defense Rights

    07/21/2006 3:28:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 964+ views ^ | July 20, 2006 | NA
    Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed legislation Thursday that supporters say is aimed at strengthening and clarifying self-defense rights in Michigan. People now will be allowed to use deadly force, with no duty to retreat, if they reasonably think they face imminent death, great bodily harm or sexual assault. They can use deadly force on their property or anywhere they have a legal right to be. The legislation also protects people from civil lawsuits if they have used force in self-defense. "Law-abiding citizens will have the right to defend themselves against brutal violence without having to...
  • State’s (MI) proposed ‘shoot first’ law triggers debate

    05/31/2006 6:10:01 AM PDT · by holymoly · 55 replies · 838+ views
    City Pulse ^ | 30 May 2006 | Caitlin Dobson
    Senate likely to pass bill allowing citizens to shoot when threatened Picture this: A homeless man comes up to you and in a demanding voice asks for money. You have no knowledge if he is armed, and he says nothing to suggest he is. Still, you feel threatened. You are carrying a pistol legally because of the state’s concealed weapon law. You pull it out and shoot him. After an investigation, police determine that you acted legally — not in self-defense against someone threatening to cause you bodily harm, but simply because you felt threatened. Sound like a farfetched scenario?...
  • States Signing on to Deadly Force Law

    05/25/2006 9:02:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 827+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2006 | ROBERT TANNER
    Associated Press — A campaign by gun rights advocates to make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense is rapidly winning support across the country, as state after state makes it legal for people who feel their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker _ whether in a car-jacking or just on the street. The law has spurred debate about whether it protects against lawlessness or spurs more crime. Supporters say it's an unambiguous answer to random violence, while critics _ including police chiefs and prosecutors _ warn that criminals are more likely to benefit than innocent...
  • Man shoots, kills home intruder

    03/06/2006 7:14:10 AM PST · by blueberry12 · 43 replies · 1,565+ views
    Pensacola News Journal | March, 6, 2006 | Amy Sowder
    When Edward Lucas Sr. checked to see why the neighbor's German shepherd was barking at Sunday at 5:40 a.m., he had no idea that minutes later an intruder would be lying dead on his living room rug. Lucas, 63, of the 3900 block of West Mallory Street, never wanted to have to use his .22 caliber rifle that way, but Tyrone Fyoungious Preyer, 29, would not stop breaking through the door, he said. "I yelled 'Get out of my house,' but he kept coming," said Lucas, a retired Sears employee who resided at that house for almost eight years. "I...
  • Misplaced hysteria over gun law

    05/10/2005 5:32:31 PM PDT · by F1Frankie · 19 replies · 459+ views ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Dave Workman
    Professional doomsayers are having something of a field day, fomenting hysteria over recent passage in Florida of a law that lets citizens defend themselves against criminal attack without first making an attempt to flee.
  • NRA taking Florida law on the road (stand your ground)

    04/27/2005 7:26:18 AM PDT · by holymoly · 18 replies · 918+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | Apr. 27, 2005 | MANUEL ROIG-FRANZIA
    Residents no longer have duty to flee before defending themselves MIAMI - It is either a Wild West revival, a return to the days of "shoot first and ask questions later," or a triumph for the "Castle Doctrine" - the notion that enemies invade personal space at their peril. Such dueling rhetoric marked the debate over a measure that passed the Florida legislature so emphatically that National Rifle Association backers plan to take it to statehouses across the nation, including Virginia's, over the next year. The law will let Floridians "meet force with force," erasing the "duty to retreat" when...