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Where did you get the figure 114,793 permits to carry? We had over 147,000 as of July 1, and I would imagine over 150,000 by now.
This article is written in such a way that it sounds as though shoot first and ask questions later in situations of severe threat is a bad thing. I think it is strange that were Trayvon to have killed Zimmerman (as we know from recent cases a single blow causing impact with a sidewalk can kill) it would never have made national news, just another statistic. Few people have changed their minds about this case since it occurred...so everyone decided without hearing the evidence and many are really disrespectful of the choices made by those whose job it actually was to decide.
"...and the judge’s jury instructions appeared to track the “stand your ground” theory of self-defense." ---- Did you read the transcript? Here is the where "stand your ground" was brought up:
George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."
It wasn't even mentioned in the first paragraph of the section on self defense. The final instructions were 27 pages long, with a lot blank paper, and this is the only time it is brought up. While it was mentioned, the judge did not appear to make it a focal point of the defense.
Despite media misinformation campaigns, neither the Zimmerman case nor the Little Falls case had anything at all to do with castle doctrine/stand your ground. And even *if* they did, isolated incidents are statistically-irrelevant. No matter how otherwise tragic, an isolated incident here and there, is not a logical basis for legislation. Even if relevant, which they are not, the Zimmerman case and the Little Falls case, do not make for the pruriently-imagined "blood in the streets" scenarios that juvenile-minded liberals would like us to believe. They are statistically-irrelevant to all the justified uses of the law.
Now that it has succeeded in getting more and more people to buy and carry guns, the NRA is looking for more and more occasions for such people to use them for their intended deadly purpose. Therefore, "stand your ground" laws. Magnificent manipulation.
I know the sports department here runs straight PR pieces from the local ownership, did this one come from the white house?
I think it time to find out who the real Trayvon Martin I think there might be a story there
Dayton never had the opportunity to veto SYG in MN. It was pulled from the senate floor before going to Dayton.
Why are only conservatives stating concerns about the massacre of black youth in the inner cities? Where are the liberal voices? Do they not care or are their voices being muted by the media?
It sure would be nice if an article on this volatile subject could be published by the Strib. without the writer interjecting their slant on it..
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