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So, Ohio does not need a SYGL. Why? For one reason. Stand Your Ground Laws produce more violence. It is beyond my ability to comprehend that anyone would actually write such a stupid statement much less put it into public print. But so goes the liberal mind. According to this article the reason there is more violence is because of a law that permits a citizen to stand his ground and not have to retreat in the face of criminal activity.

There are two issues here. First, if, as the article points out, the problem is a law-abiding citizen actively protecting his life or that of his family then removing or prohibiting Stand Your Ground Laws will do nothing but protect the criminal. That is the liberal goal. Second, if, as the article points, the problem is a law-abiding citizen actively protecting his life or that of his family then removing or prohibiting Stand Your Ground Laws would turn the public sphere over to the criminal as in Chicago!

No, Ohio does need a Stand Your Ground Law. What we do need less of is liberals.


No need for Stand Your Ground law in Ohio

4:34 AM, Jul. 28, 2013  |  4 Comments

You’re out in a public when a robber confronts you with a gun. You either comply and pray, run for your life knowing a bullet is faster or, perhaps, brandish your own concealed weapon and fight back.

Ohio law clearly spells out self-defense rights in your home, vehicle or relative’s vehicle. You don’t have to retreat to defend yourself, but you also can’t chase a burglar stealing your computer out of the house and shoot him in the back.

Some Ohio lawmakers want greater clarity in other public situationsby removing language requiring people to retreat before defending themselves.

It’s commonly known as a Stand Your Ground law, the phrase widely attached to the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012 outside Orlando, Fla.

The provision, tucked into an otherwise reasonable bill seeking to clarify how Ohio recognizes concealed carry permits from other states, will surely attract plenty of attention in light of the recent Zimmerman trial where he was found not guilty. It also seeks to protect those who defend themselves from civil cases.

The premise of a Stand Your Ground law sounds reasonable on the surface. We should always have the right to defend ourselves.

But as we’ve seen in Florida, Stand Your Ground laws seem to create more violence, especially among criminals and even aggressors. Aground-breaking report by the Tampa Bay Times found 70 percent of Stand Your Ground defendants in Florida were exonerated, even though many were drug dealers and gang members. One person killed two unarmed people and walked away.

Before changing Ohio law, we first ask the sponsors to provide ample evidence of cases where Ohio law-abiding victims were charged with crimes when defending themselves in public situations. We can’t recall any locally in the past decade. In the one case that closely resembled these circumstances, a Morgans Fork Road man shot and killed an intruder in his home, but he was not charged.

Prosecutors use great discretion in such cases, although each scenario can become quite complicated. Ohio law already allows you to return fire, for example. But you can’t just shoot someone brandishing a knife 20 feet away.

We also strongly recommend polling Ohio’s prosecutors on whether they see a need for clarifying state law. At the least, work with them to make sure we’re not giving career criminals a get out of jail free card. Aggressors should never be afforded self-defense excuses.

We firmly believe in the rights of all Ohioans to defend themselves when confronted with danger, especially the well-established Castle Doctrine allowing you to defend your home if you fear for your safety.

We’re also confident in the abilities of prosecutors to determine when people justifiably shoot someone in self defense. And, if necessary, jurors usually make the proper decision putting themselves in the shoes of victims.

Changing Ohio’s law won’t change how law-abiding victims defend themselves, nor the likely outcome of any prosecution.