Hooray for Margie Lee Young's column "Let's pay attention to real heroes." Why do some in the media refer to those who entertain and amuse us as "America's royalty" and think we should be interested in who they are marrying or sleeping with, which designer they get their clothes from, how many pair of shoes they have or any aspect of their lives? What do entertainers and sports figures do to qualify them as heroes? That those in the armed forces are real heroes is a given. But so are policemen, firefighters and others who provide necessary services to make our lives safer. Let's give credit where credit is due, not just to people who manage to make huge amounts of money for our entertainment.
When tough talk turns to violence
There's a need for the proposed "stand your ground" law.
Let's say you're a lady walking with the man of your life. Suddenly you are confronted by three guys whose sport is intimidation. Tough talk quickly escalates to their grabbing you and tearing off your clothing.
Wouldn't you expect your man to step in to defend you and do everything possible to stop this attack? That is what good guys do when their loved one is attacked. He might find something to use as a weapon or if he is carrying a knife or a gun, he may decide use it to stop your attackers.
Under current Minnesota law should he threaten your assailants with anything that would be considered "deadly force", he could be charged with a crime for using too much force to protect you. The same could be true if you were alone and did the same to stop your attackers. The problem is a victim can't tell the difference of the level of threat they are facing and therefore, the level of force permitted.
Is this the Minnesota you want where good people can't protect themselves or their loved ones? Why shouldn't a woman be able to defend herself with all reasonable means she has available? The proposed Stand Your Ground Bill would fix that.
Please e-mail or call your legislators today and ask them to support H.F. 498 or S.F. 446. We can make Minnesota safer, just not safer for criminals.
Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance
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