Anti-Second Amendment advocates continue to wage a relentless battle against concept of self-defense
March 20, 2014
Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law tested during the George Zimmerman trial is under assault in Florida. Marion Hammer, a former NRA president who is one of the chief architects of the law in Florida, is not opposed to changes to the law. She has served as the NRA’s lobbyist in Tallahassee for more than three decades.
Protesters in Florida want to dismantle Stand Your Ground.
On Tuesday, the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted unanimously to pass SB 130. Both Democrats and Republicans voted to change the law.
The proposed changes will significantly modify Stand Your Ground and if enacted will give anti-Second Amendment groups around the country a green light to attack and rollback the concept of armed self-defense.
A large number of states have some form of stand your ground laws under Castle Doctrine statues. The Castle Doctrine concept stretches back to the Roman era and is central in English common law under the historic dictum that “an Englishman’s home is his castle” and thus inviolable.
Democrats in the state, however, believe self-defense laws are brutal and uncivilized. “The legislature must change Stand Your Ground to clearly define the parameters of a civilized society in Florida,” Senator Christopher L. Smith of District 31 has declared, summing up the opinion of liberals in the state.
The proposed Florida law will circumscribe who can use stand your ground, tighten immunity, issue bureaucratic guidelines for neighborhood watch groups, and allow police and prosecutors to ignore the law and conduct investigations beyond its purview.
The current stand your ground law in Florida simply states that a person may use force in self-defense, “including deadly force if [he] reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself.”
Since Trayvon Martin and the sensationalized trial of George Zimmerman, liberals and anti-Second Amendment advocates have waged a relentless battle against the law and the concept of self-defense.
In February, Firmin DeBrabander, an associate professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, took to the pages of The New York Times to argue against the natural right of self defense and the philosophy of John Locke, who declared the right of self defense is the first law of nature, “the common rule and measure God hath given to mankind.”
“Gun rights advocates argue that we must arm more people, and empower them to wield their guns confidently and boldly if we would achieve greater law and order,” DeBrabander writes. “They have it wrong. More guns, and more emboldened gun owners, lead to more travesties of justice, more chaos, vendettas, a state of war, Locke would say.”
Marion Hammer and the NRA apparently agree with DeBrabander and the anti-Second Amendment crowd actively working to deconstruct the time-honored concept of self-defense. Otherwise they would not throw their support behind legislation designed to weaken “the common rule and measure God hath given to mankind.”