Will Georgia Lawmakers Repeal Stand Your Ground?

January 13, 2014 13:08 pm

by Tim Darnell · 12 comments

State Sen. Vincent Fort and Rev. Bernice King hope so.

Fort is sponsoring a bill to repeal the law in this year’s legislative session, with the support of King, who now heads up the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

She’s being quoted on All News 106.7 as saying that  lawmakers who served in the civil rights movement wouldn’t have been so short-sighted in passing a measure such as this one.

King says Georgia’s law is too vague, and allows an individual to subjectively decide whether his or her life is in danger to the extent that violence is permitted.

“I lived in a very unusual household, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King,” King said on the radio. “Their lives were threatened all the time, and they didn’t stand their ground.”

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Tim Darnell (@TimDarnellATL) January 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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Shaft January 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Ultimately it is the individual’s responsibility to decide whether his or her life is in danger, isn’t it? Shouldn’t it be? Why must we offload that judgement to a (possibly disinterested) third party?

seenbetrdayz January 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Well, let’s just say that if your home is broken into at 2AM, you’re not gonna wait for a politician to tell you whether or not you’re allowed to defend yourself. So in a way, yes, it will always ultimately come down to the individual as to what to do in that situation.

mountainpass January 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Interesting quote from her as her father was denied a carry permit. Denied a basic civil right to defend himself.

bobbatl January 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

“King says Georgia’s law is too vague, and allows an individual to subjectively decide whether his or her life is in danger to the extent that violence is permitted.”

Most people don’t have time to enlist others into a bad situation. These situations are often going on under the noses of the rest of us. I think the individual needs to decide for themselves as they are the best to do so. Red tape will certainly not fix it.

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Michael Silver January 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I’m so disappointed that she’s chosen to push a leftist agenda versus being accurate.

A person doesn’t get to kill someone and then hop-scotch away free by claiming self-defense. A person has to prove the self-defense claim to Prosecutors, Judges and potentially a jury. Its an avenue for a defense, not immediate amnesty.

Perhaps the good Reverend should refresh her memory about the Deacons For Defense who protected CORE and her father’s people with guns in LA, or the Black Panthers who exercised their Second Amendment rights when challenging the Oakland PD who were brutalizing young black men, or how Condoleezza Rice’s father kept watch over his neighborhood with a shotgun in his lap against Bull Connor’s men (democrats by the way), or even her father’s involvement with guns (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/mlk-and-his-guns_b_810132.html)

Rev. King probably wants to throw up just thinking about how a future leader of the NRA (Charlton Heston) stood with Dr. King.

Dave Bearse January 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

“A person has to prove the self-defense claim to Prosecutors, Judges and potentially a jury. ”

Accurate? You’ve got it twisted. The accused doesn’t have to prove anything. The burden of proof is on the state. In the case of stand your ground the state has to prove that the accused didn’t feel he was in imminent danger of great bodily harm, a rather high standard.

Rick Day January 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I lived in a very unusual household, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King,” King said on the radio. “Their lives were threatened all the time, and they didn’t stand their ground.”

That’s my Senator! That you may have couch surfed their home back in the day when it pretty much a death sentence for a “Negro” to own a handgun, much less defend themselves from white racists is moot. They DID stand their ground with peace. He stood his ground in Memphis. Then he stood no more. Look us all in the eye and tell us of those scary nights when you all thought you may want to die, that you wished for a very large weapon to stand your ground. To wish otherwise is a guaranteed sheep ending. You were just lucky. Victims of crime, not so much.

And now you want us to follow the example of a murder victim? Most violent crime is black on black. Yet you want to criminalize self defense? Why don’t you just retire and quit pretending you represent anything remotely outside your limited worldview bubble? You are holding us all back in this District. This is not the 1960′s, and its time for you to enjoy what time you have left with your family, and not with your ego.

Oh and Ms King? TREYVON IS DEAD. Get over it! Or start caring for the 1000 Trayvons with Trayvon attitudes. There’s a good place to start.

MattMD January 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Like most of Fort’s crusades, this isn’t going anywhere.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

“Will Georgia Lawmakers Repeal Stand Your Ground?”

No…Georgia Lawmakers will not repeal Stand Your Ground because they value their political careers and continued social standing in a state where Second Amendment rights are sacrosanct.

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