Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Stand Your Ground" Under Attack

Ironic, huh?

The NH House Criminal Justice Committee hears testimony regarding HB135, "Relative to physical force in defense of a person and relative to the definition of non-deadly force" -- the proposed repeal of last session's "stand your ground" law -- 1/22/2013.

Oh, and this happened. Just short of the 13-minute mark of Part 1 (of 3). About 10 minutes later, Rep. Dan Itse appears to reference the Chair's condescension.

When can you "know" you can retreat "with complete safety?" Correct: Never. So if you are legitimately threatened (and if you're not, then you're not justified in the first place, right?), and in that circumstance justifying that self-defense you are also never certain that retreat is completely safe, and thus never required to run away, what is the purpose of the change? What does it accomplish, other than to embolden criminals -- to prey, and to subsequently sue?



Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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