Thursday, May 25, 2006

Shoot down an attacker!!

Here’s the first paragraph of States Signing on to Deadly Force Law by one Robert Tanner (a ‘National Writer’ for the Associated Press):
A campaign by gun rights advocates to make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense is rapidly winning support across the country, as state after state makes it legal for people who feel their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker - whether in a car-jacking or just on the street.
Have any idea where Mr. Tanner’s fair, balanced and objective article on the topic may be headed?

Let me give you a little more help, further into the article we get:
Supporters have dubbed the new measures "stand your ground" laws, while critics offered nicknames like the "shoot first," "shoot the Avon lady" or "right to commit murder" laws.

At its core, they broaden self-defense by removing the requirement in most states that a person who is attacked has a "duty to retreat" before turning to deadly force. Many of the laws specify that people can use deadly force if they believe they are in danger in any place they have a legal right to be - a parking lot, a street, a bar, a church. They also give immunity from criminal charges and civil liability.
Actually, I’m told by a source, who requested anonymity because “everybody’s doing it,” that Tanner’s editor stepped in to moderate the National Writer’s reporting. One example cited was this:

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as state after state makes it legal for people who feel their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker
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as state after state makes it legal for paranoid knuckle-dragging wild-eyed rednecks to shoot down an attacker and kick the quivering bullet-riddled body as a life ebbs away in a crimson trickle coursing to the curb

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