Repeal Stand Your Ground Law
By Gary Patton on March 19, 2013 in
Repeal of the infamous Stand Your Ground law will be voted upon (HB 135) by the full State House on Wednesday, March 20. Stand Your Ground allows a person who decides he is being threatened to shoot to kill another individual. As we saw in the Trayvon Martin case, this law virtually legalizes murder. Suppose two people argue, and one kills the other. If there are no witnesses to the murder, the shooter can be acquitted simply by claiming he felt threatened.The dead man cannot say otherwise.
For 34 years prior to the Stand Your Ground law, New Hampshire operated without problems under the Castle Doctrine (i.e., as in your home is your castle). The Castle Doctrine allowed the use of deadly force by a person to defend his home and family. Outside the home, a person could use a gun if he could demonstrate that he had used all reasonable means to avoid being harmed before shooting as a last resort. If the Stand Your Ground law is repealed, the Castle Doctrine will replace it. Surely, the Castle Doctrine provides more than enough protection.
Two recent polls, one by UNH and the other by New England College, clearly showed that a large majority of New Hampshire residents favor new gun safety regulations. Yet, predictably, gun rights advocates, who are in the minority, have created a clamor, inundating state representatives and state senators with email and phone calls, thus creating the illusion that they represent a majority view.
Email or telephone your state representatives before Wednesday, March 20 and ask them to support HB 135, the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law.
For the names and contact information for your legislators, go to NH.Gov. Click on Government. Click on State Government. Click on General Court Site. Click on Find My Legislator?. Click on each legislator’s name for email address and telephone number.(It’s easier than it seems.)
The moment is at hand. Just do it. Good luck.
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