A court has just upheld new reporting restrictions and regulations on gun owners the Administration is road-testing in border states. Their next phase of Second Amendment undermining are “Stand Your Ground” laws now in effect throughout the country – an attack on your fundamental right to defend yourself when you’re in danger.
Stand Your Ground: States with Stand Your ground laws recognize that if you are somewhere that you have a right to be and someone threatens you with imminent harm, you do not have to retreat. You can stand your ground and defend yourself. There’s a good reason for this. Retreating from a threat can make you more vulnerable. You have to turn your back and run. What if the criminal gives chase? What if he’s faster than you? What if retreat wasn’t your best option, but in the aftermath the courts argue that you could have retreated? Suddenly you’re the criminal for defending yourself.
Stand Your Ground laws recognize that in high stress situations where your life is in danger, you need to be able to make the decision that will best protect you. If you’re armed, that may mean standing your ground and facing your assailant. This is why the Obama administration is going after these laws. Stand Your Ground gives implied consent to concealed carry holders to use their weapons if the need arises.
Appeal Stand Your Ground and suddenly even if it’s still legal for you to carry a gun, it becomes a much murkier question if it’s legal for you to actually use it.
A Cascade of Attacks
In 1895, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a person “…was not obliged to retreat, nor to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground, and meet any attack upon him with a deadly weapon, in such a way and with such force as, under all the circumstances, he, at the moment, honestly believed, and had reasonable grounds to believe, were necessary to save his own life, or to protect himself from great bodily injury.” But now, Obama and his ilk are trying to take away that most basic right as an end-run on gun owners.
Attorney General, Eric Holder said early in August 2013, “It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” The right to defend yourself creates conflict? It’s ludicrous. If you’re in the position of needing to defend yourself, conflict has already happened.
After the conclusion of the Trayvon Martin case, President Obama said about Stand Your Ground laws, “I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it – if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations…”