A national group* opposed to what it calls “shoot first” gun laws today sent a letter to all members of the General Assembly [here, in NC], and to legislators in 25 other states, calling on them to repeal or reform their laws.
Shoot-first laws take away the obligation to retreat from a confrontation, other than in your home, in order to avoid the use of deadly force.
The new code word is “shoot-first.” Evidently, “stand your ground” wasn’t scary enough.
It’s still misleading propaganda.
Also, “other than in your home” is clumsy to the point of being contrary (s/b “outside the home”).
“Trayvon Martin’s killing in Florida has focused public attention on the consequences of these reckless laws,” Ginny Simmons, director of Second Chance on Shoot First*, said in a news release. “
That’s the toljaso part.
Zimmerman/Martin was never really about race. It was always about guns and self-defense.
Race was a tactic, a cynical tool to rally the zombie left. When it became clear that race had nothing to do with the case, the case lost little of its holy aura to the enemies of personal freedom. Indeed, they redoubled their effort to make this a show trial, and the defendant was our freedom to be armed and to defend ourselves.
[E]xperience has now shown that these laws encourage vigilantism, sow confusion among police, and stymie prosecutors.”
BS! Self-defense is not “vigilantism” (i.e. scawwy and racist).
(What? Well, yeah, unless you’re a pea-brained, reality-averse Prog.)
I have seen nothing to justify the other two assertions, either.
(What? Well, yeah, okay, there’s the whining by anti-gun law-enforcement brass.)
Hunh … nothin’ in there about saving the lives, limbs, and virtue of honest men, women, and children.
Nope, just BS.
North Carolina has had a “castle doctrine” law on the books for some time, allowing deadly force against someone intruding in a home.
Wellll, that was an old concept of “castle doctrine” more properly termed “defense of habitation.” You could defend your home without a “duty to retreat,” if you could show that the intruder posed a deadly threat [simplified]. The current concept of “castle doctrine” is based on real-world experience and includes a number of other provisions which essentially (1) expand defense of habitation to workplace and vehicle, (2) recognize a right to defend yourself without a duty to retreat, if you’re where you’re legally authorized to be (aka “stand your ground”), (3) protect against civil suits while using deadly force legally, and (4) assume that a threat exists during a home intrusion. States differ.
Last year, the General Assembly expanded it to justify use of force in a motor vehicle or workplace.
Not true. That has always been a provision of the law. Using force and deadly force to defend oneself is a basic tenet of common law, and that is a basic foundation of all US and State law. The significant change is whether “perfect self-defense” (no crime is committed, in the eyes of the law) includes a “duty to retreat” in workplace or vehicle as well as home. [insert tome on what that means]
The law says a person “does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder.” That defense isn’t available to someone who provokes a confrontation, except under limited circumstances.
Well, sorta. The new law says that there is no duty to retreat (i.e. the legal case can’t rest on whether one considered the opportunity to retreat before using deadly force, a downright problematical condition, to say the least) if you are anywhere you are legally authorized to be. (If you initiated or were a willing participant in a dust-up, you DO have a duty to retreat, even if you did what the law requires to re-establish your right to self defense.) The new law specifies your residence, workplace, and vehicle as places where the law will not question your legitimate fear for your life.
Second Chance on Shoot First* describes itself as a coalition of civil rights leaders, politicians, law enforcement and others. [more]
* Who is Second Chance on Shoot First ? Yeah, you guessed it.
The Soda Jerk and his herd of braying jackasses.
Replacing “shoot first laws” with, what, “shoot second laws?”