Sun May 6, 2012, 03:55 PM
shadowrider (4,612 posts)
Georgia to keep ‘Stand Your Ground’ law?
A spokesman for a grassroots organization who believes citizens should have a right to defend themselves in public said Georgia — like Florida with its “Stand Your Ground” law that has been used as a defense in a racially charged shooting case — should not repeal its own Stand Your Ground measure under political pressure.
“If you’re taking your family to a football game or to a party downtown or whatever, and you have no control over what neighborhood you’re in, you should still be able to protect yourself,” said Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.Org. “In my opinion, the Stand Your Ground law places the criminality where it belongs — and that’s on the aggressor and not on the victim.”
Henry said Stand Your Ground law goes back to colonial days in Georgia, even though the principle was only codified in 2006. He also said around half of the states have some type of similar statute.
“I think that if I’m walking down the street with my family and my kids, or grandkids, and somebody comes up to me and sticks a knife to my throat, that I should not have to cower and beg and run off to keep from going to jail when he’s the one that’s committed the act of violence,” he believes. “To me, that’s just not the way to be. There are several states that, if a guy comes up to you and threatens you with a gun — and you kill him — you’re going to be facing murder charges, which is very difficult for me to put my arms around.”
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Response to ileus (Reply #1)
Sun May 6, 2012, 07:44 PM
discntnt_irny_srcsm (6,963 posts)
2. Agreed. n/t
The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.
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Mon May 7, 2012, 08:09 AM
Hoyt (14,711 posts)
3. Typical southern gun lover/toter -- gotta protect himself from the "bad neighborhoods."
And if they shoot someone in the "bad neighborhood," they expect to be exempt from prosecution and laws that protect people in "good neighborhoods" from getting shot unnecessarily.
“If you’re taking your family to a football game or to a party downtown or whatever, and you have no control over what neighborhood you’re in, you should still be able to protect yourself,” said Jerry Henry. . . . . .Henry said Stand Your Ground law goes back to colonial days in Georgia . . . . . .
Sure thing Jerry -- Those friggin slave owners could defend themselves against those "bad" slaves who did not accept their lot in life imposed on them by the folks with the guns and money.