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Other STAND YOUR GROUND or CASTLE DOCTRINE tragic travesties of justice.  

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Thanks to Clark Merrefield and THE BEAST.

When you write a law that says people can go 70 miles an hour, then some people are going to consider that a minimum speed.  Nothing to be done.  When you write a law that says you now a have a RIGHT to use deadly force  to protect yourself or others from serious harm, with no responsibility to reduce the likelihood of deadly violence, then some people are going to think they have a right to shoot someone anytime they think there is trouble.  

Is this like the traffic laws?  No, we need traffic laws, but we don't need these laws.  There has always been a clear legal right to self-defense.  We need to repeal these laws, so that people are appropriately wary of using deadly force, and the states can successfully prosecute those who use deadly force without appropriate justification.  

This is especially true in our nation, where the number of armed citizens outnumbers our official Armed Forces by literally tens of millions.

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    The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle is inborn in us." Paul Valery, French poet, essayist, philosopher, and curmudgeon, 1895

    by ATexican on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 11:56:30 AM PDT

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    that those laws exist.  The only other way it can happen is if the laws are declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and so far it doesn't look like anyone is bringing suit for that reason.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:54:45 PM PDT

  •  WI just had its first killing under ReTHUGlican (0+ / 0-)

    passed "Castle Doctrine" law.  The victim was an underage drinker hiding from the police.

    "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

    by ranton on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:14:54 PM PDT

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