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July 17, 2013 - 7:46 am
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Barack Obama’s virulent anti-gun attitude coupled with a pair of spectacular crimes and a tragic case in which the media dishonestly injected race now threaten to turn the clock back on Americans’ self-defense rights. Obama and his anti-gun allies seized on the Aurora, Colorado, shooting and the Sandy Hook massacre to push hard and fast against the Second Amendment. Several states including Colorado and Connecticut responded by passing strict gun control laws. The new strict gun control laws would not have stopped either crime. The federal laws Obama pushed in Congress likewise would not have stopped either crime. Stopping crime, then, appears not to be the point of any of the Democrats’ new gun laws.

Stand your ground laws had nothing to do with the altercation between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmernan on February 26, 2012. Likewise, race had nothing to do with that altercation. Bad weather, a young man who was in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and a spate of unsolved burglaries and home invasions had everything to do with that tragic night. But the media led by NBC News injected race, and Barack Obama seized on Trayvon Martin’s death alongside race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to build pressure to prosecute George Zimmerman. Even after Zimmerman’s acquittal, while Obama has remained strategically silent, Holder used his NAACP address Tuesday to argue that stand your ground laws must be re-examined.

The dishonesty of changing the subject from ordinary self-defense to stand your ground laws is breathtaking. Zimmerman never invoked stand your ground. He won acquittal arguing ordinary self-defense. He won because in our system, a defendant is innocent until the state proves him guilty and the state of Florida lacked the evidence to prove him guilty. As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Holder has an obligation to uphold our laws, not launch deceitful political attacks against them. He has an obligation to cool tempers calling for the federal government to come down on Zimmerman, not egg those tempers on.

It’s obvious now as it has been for years that Eric Holder is a racist and he leads a racist application of laws and philosophy. He dropped the federal government’s victorious case against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation because the NBPB were, according to Holder, “my people.” His Justice Department fanned the flames of outrage against George Zimmerman because Trayvon Martin was black, not because the facts mandated DOJ’s involvement. Young black men die violently nearly every day in Chicago. Their killers are most often other young black men. Holder stands silently by and his Justice Department does not deploy its Community Relations Service to demand any sort of justice.

If this latest attack on self-defense succeeds, soft-on-crime liberals will be back to ruining the world for law-abiding citizens. Americans will once again face off against violent criminals who will have every reason to believe that they can act with relative impunity, and against a system that tilts against the right of self-defense. Good Americans of all races will end up dead just so Barack Obama and Eric Holder can score political points and distract from their administration’s appalling record on jobs, on privacy, on government abusing its power and suppressing dissent, and other issues.

 

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Without the right to defend myself and my family, none of my other rights mean a thing. Self defense is the most fundamental, bedrock right of a free man. That is why it is jealously guarded by free people everywhere, and that is why it is despised by agents of the state. If the right to defend myself is taken away, the government can take the rest of my rights at their leisure. That, I believe, is what is on trial here.
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Chris W. Cox, executive director NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, claimed Holder went too far in extending the debate to "stand-your-ground" laws.

"The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it's a fundamental human right," he said in a statement. "To send a message that legitimate self-defense is to blame is unconscionable, and demonstrates once again that this administration will exploit tragedies to push their political agenda."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/17/nra-blasts-holder-for-attacking-stand-your-ground-laws-after-zimmerman-verdict/#ixzz2ZKBggHdw
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What you say is correct, and let me repeat what I posted some time ago already:

the war against the Second Amendment rights is a war against women. I don't mean to say anything sexist but it is highly possible that having to choose between attacking a guy who is 6'4" and 250 pounds or a woman who is 5'6" and 145 pounds, a criminal will pick the woman.
The same goes for the elderly compared t the young.

So the war against the Second Amendment is a war to go back to the brutality of the law of the survival of the strongest.

Second Amendment rights make the field plain not only between the Citizens and the Government, they make possible the survival of the weaker.

Where I live, it is common for criminals to attack houses: four or five people just crack windows and doors and get in - even during the day. What an elderly citizen could do without a gun and without the Castle Doctrine that shields him/her from being sued ?



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IF WE THE PEOPLE get behind this project and take it to all over your Political party county offices and get them to take up the Restoration of the States Powers and Liberties . . hand a copy of the brochure including the proposed 20 word repeal the 14th, 16th and 17th amendment Restoring the ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION as the Founders, Framers and Ratifiers gave us a a Republic.

http://articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com/article-v---group-overview-and-proposal.html
40 weeks ago
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The "Stand Your Ground" law should be called "In Defense of Life" law, because that is actually what the law is! Why do we always allow radicals to name/describe laws that are enacted to protect us!
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Nice, but 'innocent until proven guilty' depends on the charge, the tone and tenor of the region, and, often, whole sets of assumptions about those involved. Practically, many defendants must undo presumptions of guilt and 'help' from prosecutors to reach deals. That is not to say that most murderers or robbers or innocent, by any means, but 'innocent until proven guilty' is mostly theory.
40 weeks ago
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Well said Mr. Preston. Well said.
40 weeks ago
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STOP!
For the love of Mary, Just STOP calling these things "Stand Your Ground" laws. Stop letting them define the narrative by using their Loaded Catch-phrases.

Calling them Stand Your Ground just as inflammatory and dishonest as calling them “shoot first ask questions later”, and the Obama/Holder/Media Machine knows it. Why else do you think they invented the term?

Never, never ever acknowledge the term “Stand Your Ground”. It’s the same good/bad word-game they play with “affirmative acting” (racial quotas) “choice” (infanticide) and “assault weapons” (modern arms) Don’t use them, and do not PERMIT their use in your presence. Just say it like it is:

The Obama/Holder Media Empire is trying to do is to impose a NEW Duty…to RETREAT.

Say it. Say it every time the subject comes up.
Say that in all places where no such thing is currently REQIRED of a crime victim, Holder wishes to CHANGE that.

He wants to now impose on ALL of us, a NEW Duty….to Retreat.

Call them out on it everywhere the subject comes up:

“Why are you in favor of criminals?
Why do you want to change existing laws?
Why would you now suddenly penalize ME for not ceding to my aggressor?
Wouldnt that embolden HIM while endangering ME?
Why would you give HIM a “right” to advance, while requiring ME to retreat?
Just who’s side are you on, mine or the criminals?”

Do NOT EVER “Stand Your Ground”…Say “NEW duty…to retreat” for the victim…

And “NEW right…to advance” for the Criminal.

Because THAT’S what their trying to do.
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I hear what you say about using terms the Lefties make up as it feeds into their narrative. That being said, we have only 2 options. (a) Stand your ground and (b) run away and hide. If option (a) is taken from us, only option (b) will be available to us. That is un-American and only suits the tyranny of Obama, Holder et al.

I, for one, will use option (a) whether or not it suits my "betters", the elite who think they can and should run my life for me. I have served my country and actually fought for it. I will not run away and hide.
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Hear! Hear!
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Not to worry, people. Holder has announced the creation of a tip line at the DOJ to field calls from citizens who have evidence of Zimmerman's racism - you know, the usual Obama strategy of calling on citizens to inform on one another. Anywhoo, if these calls pan out Holder may divert back to persecuting Zimmerman and he'll forget all about the Stand Your Ground crusade.
40 weeks ago
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I send that tip email address a note about two civil rights violations - Angela Corey's unethical concealment of exculpatory evidence and Fast & Furious.
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Guns are a symbol and an instrument of personal responsibility, the anathema of the therapeutic, liberal state.

We can never let our guard down on Second Amendment rights or they will be strangled in a heartbeat. Take no assurance from Heller. A single change on the SCOTUS in the wrong direction and Heller will be overruled or distinguished away and the Second Amendment will be relegated back to an historical curiosity.
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I remember how it was back then. The social engineers coined the phrase "Black Rage" to explain why black people were always breaking laws.

People didn't buy into it then (except fellow leftists) and they aren't buying into it now.
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Looking like we need some Dirty Harry and Bronson movies again just to remind people what happens when the thugs have free rein.
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I've heard a lot about "stand your ground" and the violence it was supposed to engender. So far, that violence appears to be the same as the "extreme weather" due to "climate change" -- it's been modeled and announced, but never seen.
Incidentally, a jury in New York somewhere just cleared a middle-aged man who shot and killed a teen he believed was attacking him. You likely haven't heard of it. The dead teen happened to be white and the man who defended himself happens to be black. The riots will start...oh, I guess they won't.
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