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Response to BainsBane (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2013, 06:33 AM

5. Sorry, but do you know what the opposite of a SYG law is?

A duty to retreat law.

Duty to retreat laws place the victims of violent attacks in the position of being responsible if they hurt their attacker while resisting in they had any way to run away.

It places the welfare of the attacker over that of the victim.

And it makes victims have to hesitate and wonder if they are going to go to jail if they defend themselves, and that hesitation can mean the difference between life or death, rape or attempted rape.

If a gay man is confronted by a crowd with pipes and knives who start to hit him, and he has a gun, but the chance exists for him to run and maybe outrun them, should he prosecuted if he uses the most effective means to defend himself instead of running?

If a woman is running from a rapist down an alley and sees a pipe, grabs it, and bashes his head in, should she have to fear prosecution or a lawsuit from the rapists family because she didn't try hard enough to run away?

This case didn't even use SYG as a defense, it didn't apply, don't use it as an excuse to change laws back to protect aggressors and penalize victims, or make it harder for victims to defend themselves. Not just conservatives will be using SYG to defend themselves- in fact minorities have the most to gain in self defense cases under SYG, as our actions in self defense are the most likely to face scrutiny no matter how justified we are.

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