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2:49:00, Jul 29th 2013

samwho1 says:
Minnesota's House and Senate voted in a "stand your ground" law (by a healthy margin) which was vetoed by Gov. Dayton. The fact is that the majority of Minnesotans support this kind of legislation. I disagree that this type of law invites confrontation. What it does is shift the balance of one's right to defend him/her self in favor of the victim rather than the criminal. You state that in states where this type of legislation has passed, there has been an increase in "justifiable homicides". The reason? It's not that the homicide rate has increased over all, it's because criminals are the ones being killed instead of innocent victims. That's a bad thing? It would be nice if no one got killed but I'd rather be on this side of the ledger than the other. The idea that dialing 911 is going to save someone from the violent actions of another is a fantasy. The only thing accomplished by that is to get the authorities started your way (don't get me wrong as that is good and necessary) and to let the "clean-up crew" where to go. As the saying goes,"when seconds count, the police are only minutes away".

The Trayvon Martin case, tragic as it was, had very little to do with "stand your ground" in my opinion. For you to project what instructions the judge in this case might have given if the law had not been in effect is self-serving and, unfortunately, biased. Disappointing. It was, however, a great opportunity for the liberal media to exploit the issue and put their own twist on it. As a believer in the justice system, I'm not going to second guess the jury in this case. Were Trayvon's civil rights violated? Maybe. Was he racially profiled? Probably. Did he have a right to attack George Zimmerman? I think not and that is the crux of the matter. And Black, White, Latin, Asian, whatever, George Zimmerman had a right to defend himself. Poor judgement and all. I would say the same thing irregardless of the race of either party. Sadly, President Obama's remarks on this issue have been reckless, irresponsible and disrespectful of the Judicial system.

I agree with you that we need to find a way to come together and live peacefully with each other. This melting pot we call America is a magical place. I strongly believe in diversity and racial equality but I don't see how this issue coincides with the issue of one's right to self defense.


Sam Blackburn
Blackburn Custom Gunworks
Preston, MN