Monday, May 16, 2011

The Castle Doctrine

31 States Enact Tougher Self-Defense Law
By: John Brown's Bones
Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) signs Senate Bill 184 in 2006
Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) signs Senate Bill 184 in 2006.

The Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, sometimes viewed as a hold-over from America's pioneer days when Natives and wild animals covered the country is being given a fresh lease on life as State after State enacts law that allows it's law-abiding citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves from America's biggest threat: crack gangs.

In 2006, Georgia enacted Senate Bill 396 which states:

"a person who is attacked (during the course of the attacker's commission of a felony) has no duty to retreat; to provide that such person has a right to meet force with force, including deadly force; to provide for an immunity from prosecution; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes."

In 2008, Ohio enacted the Castle Doctrine in Senate Bill 184. S.B. 184 does two key things for citizens who are crime victims - A: provides home-owners with immunity from prosecution or civil action when using force to defend their homes and vehicles from criminals and B: allows legal gun owners to carry loaded weapons in their vehicles in the glove compartment and center console.

The feel-good logic of not wanting to own, handle or acknowledge firearms is strictly for the privileged few who can afford to pay others to handle guns for them - i.e. the police and armed forces.

US Citizen Hand Gun Rights as of May 2010.
Image courtesy of Canadian libertarian web site Red Ensign..

As of May 2010 31 States have some form of Castle Doctrine and/or Stand Your Ground law. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have each adopted Castle Doctrine statutes.

With crack gangs growing exponentially each year, law-abiding Americans need ask themselves: "What can I do to protect myself and my loved ones?". The answer begins with knowing the law in your state to handle the two most common types of crime today: street crime and home break-ins.

References:
Georgia General Assembly, State Senate 396
Ohio State Legislature, Senate Bill 184
Crime And Consequences, Ohio's New Self-Defense Law