Monday, June 11, 2012

ALEC's Kill at Will Reports - One of Hopefully Many

I am almost positive that once people really – I mean really - start investigating the dreadful legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) known as the ALEC Castle Doctrine – stand your ground – kill at will – we will be horrified about the evil this legislation has brought to the United States.

Most states historically, already had a law giving you the right to protect yourself from people who entered your home and were going to hurt you – but expanding that law to your car, your boat, your workplace –  and expanding the law to include “perceived” danger, instead of "real" danger is just crazy -   and almost happened in Minnesota this past legislative session.

I really hope that this is the first of many, many articles that highlight the tragic law known as the ALEC Castle Doctrine.

Some snips:

The Stand Your Ground law is most widely associated with the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old killed in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain who claimed he was acting in self-defense.

Although Florida was the first to enact a Stand Your Ground law, 24 other states enforce similar versions. Using the Tampa Bay findings and others, we’ve highlighted some of the most notable cases where a version of the Stand Your Ground law has led to freedom from criminal prosecution
Read the whole thing >>>>>HERE<<<<<

Update from Common Dreams - Another Kill at Will Story - you won't believe (my emphasis)

Raul Rodriguez, a retired firefighter in Texas, is on trial for killing elementary school teacher Kelly Danaher and wounding two others after he confronted them about their party's loud music. Rodriquez claims he was just “standing my ground” - albeit on their property, after he baited and threatened them. Incredibly, he videotaped the entire incident; even more incredibly, he seems to think the chilling evidence will help his case. Scary in countless ways.
Watch the video -

Update from Reuters

Published: 11 June, 2012, 21:31
Reuters/Vincent West

Hold onto your holsters, folks: shooting a cop dead is now legal in the state of Indiana.

Governor Mitch Daniels, a Republican, has authorized changes to a 2006 legislation that legalizes the use of deadly force on a public servant — including an officer of the law — in cases of “unlawful intrusion.” Proponents of both the Second and Fourth Amendments — those that allow for the ownership of firearms and the security against unlawful searches, respectively — are celebrating the update by saying it ensures that residents are protected from authorities that abuse the powers of the badge.

Others, however, fear that the alleged threat of a police state emergence will be replaced by an all-out warzone in Indiana.

Under the latest changes of the so-called Castle Doctrine, state lawmakers agree “people have a right to defend themselves and third parties from physical harm and crime.” Rather than excluding officers of the law, however, any public servant is now subject to be met with deadly force if they unlawfully enter private property without clear justification.

In turn, the National Rifle Association lobbied for an amendment to the Castle Doctrine to ensure that residents were protected from officers that abuse the law to grant themselves entry into private space.

ALEC legislation is just experimental writing.
ALEC legislation is written mostly by  representatives from corporations and right wing nonprofits with a specific agenda.

ALEC legislation does not reflect the needs and wants of the people.
ALEC is legislation of, by, and for ALEC Profit/Nonprofit Sector members.
ALEC legislation is NOT of, by and for the PEOPLE.

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