In the wake of the shooting that resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin, the nation has once again witnessed calls for more restrictive gun laws from the anti-gun community. And the laws they are complaining about are those commonly termed as “castle doctrines” or “stand your ground” laws.
These laws have come into vogue in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, and others, where governors and state legislators have tried to restore the people’s right to use a gun to defend their own lives and the lives of their families. (In many states, these laws replaced older laws that forced the citizen to prove he or she tried to flee an attacker before using deadly force to stop the attacker. Under castle doctrine or stand your ground laws, the citizen does not have to flee, but is justified in defending his or her life the moment an attack seems life threatening.)
Interestingly enough, one of the states to pass a “stand your ground” law was Michigan, where Democrat Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed the legislation into law in 2006. Yet amid the anti-gun rhetoric that has proliferated since the Martin shooting–rhetoric which has included innuendo aimed at tarnishing stand your ground laws and then pinning the blame for their existence on Republicans–Granholm has been talking as if she had nothing to do with the passage of the Michigan law.
As a matter of fact, on March 29, Granholm, who now hosts a show on Current TV, “broadcast three separate segments blaming Republicans for ‘the type of [gun] laws that permit George Zimmerman to walk free today.'” (The last time I saw duplicity at such levels, I was watching a video of Barack Obama telling voters that Hillary Clinton was a dangerous candidate because she wanted to implement a health care system which Obama himself is now trying to implement as president.)
The bottom line: Granholm signed stand your ground legislation into law while Governor of Michigan. And she knows what every honest politician who’s read the data knows–namely, that stand your ground laws take the advantage away from the criminal and give it back to the citizens. It is the height of hypocrisy for her to talk and act otherwise now.