Friday, February 24, 2012

ALEC Castle Doctrine Act - ON STEROIDS

UPDATE - March 4, 2012
Here's an example of what happens when you have the Castle Doctrine on Steroid.
Real Life is much, much worse than a blog entry.

Back to regular broadcasting:
I walked away from this entry for about fifteen minutes after I posted it and I HAD TO come back and put this prologue on this entry
This is my weapon
This is my gun.
This one's for fighting
This one's for fun.
Think about it!!

What happens when you have the NRA
Who buys legislators
Through a nonprofit
To expand gun laws?
And by the way - gun sales????

Castle Doctrine Act by ALEC 
(this has been around a long, long time and has been passed in many states)
Summary #Alec
This act authorizes the use of force, including deadly force, against an intruder or attacker in a dwelling, residence, or vehicle under specified circumstances. It further creates a presumption that a reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm exists under these specific circumstances, and declares that a person has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be and the force is necessary to prevent death, great bodily harm, or the commission of a forcible felony.

The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to allow gun owners to use deadly force virtually anywhere they feel threatened -- a step that would dramatically expand gun rights.

The measure, passed 40-23 by the GOP-led Senate after hours of tense debate, would allow Minnesotans in dangerous situations to shoot to kill, whether they are in a car, at a campground or on a boat.

Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, who sponsored the bill, said that in a life-or-death situation, "I shouldn't have to worry about running. I should be able to defend myself."
By the  way – Gretchen Hoffman is an ALEC member.  An active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)  – serving on one of their many corporate run task forces and really good at introducing ALEC pro-business, "model legislation" into MInnesota.

Oh yeh and then there is this in the Trib article
Hoffman said that constituents came to her proposing the measure and that she tried to ease fears it could endanger law enforcement officials. 

Hoffman is from Vergas MInnesota.

Vergas – is in the middle of nowhere Minnesota - farm country - nowhere MInnesota.
Vergas has a population of 311 – YES Three hundred eleven people

The closest town to Vergas is Frazee
Frazee has a population of 1,399

The second closest town to Vergas is Perham
Perham has a population of 2.985

Detroit Lakes is the closeset city to Vergas - 23 miles away
Detroit Lakes has a population of 8,569.
Yep – I’m thinking it was NOT her Minnesota constituents that are concerned about imminent threat to their life.

From the same Trib article

"Now you have the right to shoot first and ask questions later if this bill passes," said Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park. "Later might not mean anything if you have good aim."
Yes – it does, yes it does, yes it does.

I use to go deer hunting.

Use to own a 3-0-8 with a 4 power scope, plus some other little pieces of nasty.
  Sold them all.
Was pretty good at putting meat on the table in my day.
Could hit a target - dead center -  inside a tractor tire - rolling down a hill.
Almost killed my partner when they came home one night, at 3am -  two days early from a fishing trip.
  Yep - I felt imminent threat that night.
Maybe it's time to buy a gun again.

But then the only imminent threat I can identify right now
- doesn't live in the woods and doesn't go deer hunting and doesn't come home from fishing early.

This is my weapon
This is my gun.
This one's for fighting
This one's for fun.

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