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LTE: Community Watch May Cause More Problems Than It Fixes

LTE: Community Watch May Cause More Problems Than It Fixes

NHLN Editor’s Note: Recently 75 grave sites in Claremont were vandalized.  Shortly after the vandalism some people are calling for a ‘city wide community watch’ (article from the Eagle Times, which means you may have to pay to view it.  You can see the intro to the editorial here).   Essentially what the town is trying to do is add more volunteers to patrol the city streets in place of trained police officers.  This creates many new issues about the potential danger to citizens.   LTE: A City Wide Community Watch Is Not As Good Idea As It Seems To the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Would we be having this conversation if Travyon ‘Stood His Ground’?

Editorial: Would we be having this conversation if Travyon ‘Stood His Ground’?

NLHN Editor’s Note: For many years the labor community has been standing arm in arm with members of the civil rights community.  We have been there to fight against racial discrimination. We have been there to fight sexual discrimination.  Now I am taking a stand on the issue of racial profiling.  Discrimination in any form should never be tolerated.  Way back in 2010, Melissa Nelson was fired from her job as a dental assistant – because she was ‘too attractive’.  The Iowa Supreme Court recently upheld the termination, ruling that the dentist’s reason for firing her – he was worried … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Not looking good

“It is not looking good for maintaining our right to self-defense, anywhere we have a right to be, here in NH. The proponents of HB 135 are making headway. The vote in the House Criminal Justice Committee is expected soon; we think the vote will be close, most likely OTP (ought-to-pass). … If HB 135 passes the House we are doubtful we can stop it in the Senate.”

— Free Stater Rep. Laura Jones (R-Rochester) on House Bill 135, which would repeal New Hampshire’s “stand your ground” legislation

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Study: ‘Stand your ground’ leads to more homicides

NPR reports researchers who have studied the impact of “stand your ground” laws have determined states with “stand your ground” laws have a higher homicide rate than states without the laws.

Texas A&M University economist Mark Hoekstra’s study of crime data from 2000-2010 found that homicides went up by 7% to 9% in states that enacted “stand your ground” legislation relative to those that did not. Hoekstra found no evidence that the laws reduced crime by creating a deterrence for criminals.

To explain the increase in the homicide rate, Hoekstra did not find a corresponding rise in self-defense killings nor an increase in criminals using lethal force. Hoekstra concluded “stand your ground” laws lead to an escalation of violence in otherwise nonviolent situations.

[B]ased on the available data, it appears that crafters of these laws sought to give good guys more latitude to defend themselves against bad guys. But what Hoekstra’s data suggest is that in real-life conflicts, both sides think of the other guy as the bad guy. Both believe the law gives them the right to shoot.

Stanford law professor John Donohue, who has been studying crime and violence for more than two decades, agrees. He says “stand your ground” has become a legal refuge for defendants:

“I’ve been hearing from defense lawyers around the country that if they happen to have a criminal defendant in a stand your ground jurisdiction, pretty much no matter what happens, you can say, ‘Well, I shot the guy, but I felt threatened and had a reasonable basis for fearing injury to myself,’ ” he said.

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Bonus quote of the day: Those poor criminals

Criminals have a real hard time in public when we are armed and do not have to run. Rep Shurtleff wants us to run first. This will give the criminals a second chance. Those poor criminals this past year. How they worry who and who does not have a gun. Rep Shurtleff’s HB 135 bill will help them a lot. Maybe we should support his bill to help the criminals sleep a little better at night.

— GOP State Rep. John Burt on House Bill 135, which would repeal the state’s “stand your ground” legislation

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Attitude w/ Arnie WNHN 94.7FM ( Aug 23) – stand your ground, Presidential campaign&nonprofits

          The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen WNHN 94.7FM 11-1pm Monday-Friday        streaming live at nhnewsviewsblues.org         (podcasts and RSS feeds available)   Thursday's Attitude (8/23/2012)       11am: The morning puree….Hyper Local NewsDan Tuohy,  Associate Regional Editor Patch.com (NH)        11:30am:2012 Study on  stand your ground laws and the spike in  homicides Professor Erdal Tekin Department […]

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