Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Stand your ground bill fails in Minnesota

MaddMedic has the sad news.
The Senate leadership did not sacrifice SF 1357 for other priorities. They made a deliberate, political decision to refuse to put the bill on Governor Dayton’s desk.

From Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance


Jim said...

Even setting aside my prejudice in favor your natural right to defend yourself, I find it hard to believe that stand-your-ground laws have such a hard time clearing legislatures.

They are not not licenses to kill. They are licenses to stay alive when facing a thug's deadly threat.

It didn't help, of course, that the defunct Iowa SYG proposal was widely dubbed the "007 bill."

strandediniowa said...

We need a better press agent.

Or better legislators.

Or liberty-minded voters.

I'm guessing that during an election year, legislatures might be focusing on gun rights again. The threat of a job loss tends to focus one's attention.

SavaShip said...

I both respect, and enjoy your posts. As a resident of Minnesota, I have to remind you, that Minnesota currently does NOT have a duty to retreat. So the lack of a passing of an implicit stand your ground law, does not mean you can't stand your ground in Minnesota. I just wanted to clarify that... a lot of people seem to think that you can't right now.

strandediniowa said...

Thanks for helping us out and giving us your insight, SavaShip.

In Iowa, it isn't quite so clear. We have the saying that you drag the body back into the house after a shooting. There have been claims of prosecutions in the state by aggressive county attorneys.

I would say we are lamenting the lack of effort by legislatures to protect those who have protected themselves. Especially the weak-kneed powder-puffs in Des Moines who ran away after the first editorial in the Register.