Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Holder Wishes to Repeal Stand Your Ground

Okay, it's been awhile since I've put anything here, so I'm starting up again with this little gem from that idiot Eric Holder.

So now, our illustrious Attorney General, Eric Holder, made a speech saying he wants to put an end to "stand your ground" laws in the over 30 states that have instituted them, regardless of the fact that in the state of Florida, stand your ground laws have protected black people more than any other race within the state. Also, regardless of the fact that stand your ground laws are clearly a matter of state's rights and the 10th amendment applies: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

For those that don't know, stand your ground laws protect victims of crime from being forced to retreat in the face of violent crimes committed against them. Example: if you are with your kids and wife in a restaurant and a person comes up and tries to rob you or beat you or some other illegal thing. You do not have to retreat and can meet force on force, escalating to deadly force if the circumstances of the attack justify killing. An example of that is if you, or someone else, is attacked and there is great fear, or reasonable assumption that there will be significant harm done, death, or a violent felony is being committed. The laws vary from state to state, but this is generally the case. 

Forcing victims to retreat (when possible) does two very bad things: 1. it emboldens the criminal because they know that the person they are attacking can't fight back, but must run away. It's a purse snatcher's delight. 2. it shifts the burden of proof from the criminal to the victim. Why did the victim fight back? Why didn't you just run away instead? What justifiable cause was there to pull your gun and fight when you could have easily escaped? If you think that's reasonable, then you've never had to worry about your 100 lb wife going to an ATM after dark. 

So then in Holder's speech, he contradicted himself by saying that these run away evangelists "stand their ground" on this issue and not stop until stand your ground laws have been repealed. Well good luck on the federal level. Even after Sandy Hook, Obama and his goons couldn't get enough traction to get even a watered down version of their dumbass gun control laws passed, and many states around the nation passed nullification laws, and many sheriffs associations stood their ground saying they would not enforce them. How on earth do they expect to get a law repealing stand your ground passed, when the court precedent showed the victim (Zimmerman) to be found NOT GUILTY of any charges and justified in what he did, when they can't even get gun control passed in the wake of a massacre?

Once again, these idiots are on the wrong side of the law with this latest round of kneejerk reactions.