Georgie Voices: Georgia must defend its 'Stand Your Ground' law
by The Augusta Chronicle
September 09, 2013 11:32 PM | 1992 views | 2 2 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Texas teenager recently shot and killed a burglar at his grandmother’s house. Few would say he didn’t do the right thing.

So maybe we need a “Stand Your Grandmother’s Ground” law?

Let’s not.

It’s bad enough that the nation’s series of “Stand Your Ground” laws are under attack since the George Zimmerman acquittal — including Georgia’s and South Carolina’s.

Despite the fact that the Florida law wasn’t even invoked by Zimmerman. And despite the fact that the law merely codifies a natural, God-given right to self-defense.

Where do the armchair Einsteins get the right to insist that someone who is being attacked has the obligation to retreat? That’s frankly none of the state’s business. And how does a person know he or she won’t be killed, even in retreat?

One supposes that the experts on the sidelines are willing to bet your life on it.

We’ll say it again: You have a natural, God-given right to defend yourself. And while flight is often preferable to fight, you are under no natural obligation to do so. Laws to the contrary are wrong, morally and practically — and, arguably, constitutionally. ...

Recently the South Carolina law was eroded when its Supreme Court ruled a stand-your-ground claimant must face a full criminal trial before having an appeals court consider his stand-your-ground claim. That’s a dreadful shame — and the South Carolina legislature should fix that, first thing next January.

It’s interesting, though: Lawmakers in nearly half the 50 states have passed such a law after careful deliberation, while many in other states have debated it. All the while, pointy-headed academics have written about it from their cozy dens and postulated about it in panel discussions — and yet they all expect you to process all their hand-wringing nuances and negotiate their little legal labyrinth in the blink of an eye while staring into the muzzle of a gun.

Thanks so much for the before-the-fact second-guessing, but no thanks.

Early next year, Stand Your Ground will be attacked in legislatures across the country, including Georgia and South Carolina — in an effort to strip away our natural rights, because of a case that didn’t even address the issue.

Stand Your Ground laws do not create a right to self-defense; they only recognize that existing right in the law. But once on the books, neither should we retreat from them.

We urge our senators and representatives in Atlanta and Columbia to stand their ground.

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September 10, 2013
Gun culture run amok...and the MDJ is part of the problem, not the solution.
amazed at arrogance
September 11, 2013

It is the arrogan ignorance of people like youself that drive me nuts.

Stand your ground grew out of a response to extreme liberal prosecutors going after honest citizens who defended themselves against the evil animals of society.

I guess you would expect one to stand their and beg Mr. Bad Guy to pretty pretty please don't hurt me. To heck with that!

I am thankful that our military has not been staffed by geniuses like you! If it had, we would likely be speaking German and goose stepping right now. Or, maybe Korean, Spanish, the Queen's English, or many many other languages of nations who have tried to defeat us in the past.

Enjoy grazing with ostriches who also have their heads in the sand.

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