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POLL: Do You Think Massachusetts Should Adopt the Stand Your Ground Gun Law?

A local legislator had proposed a stand your ground gun bill before the law got national attention last week

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre, had proposed a stand your ground gun, self-defense law.

The law, which was passed in 2005 in Florida and is also in 21 other states, "would allow for all civil and criminal liability from people who use deadly force against their attackers in public, and it frees them from having to first try to escape the situation," according to the Boston Herald.

This bill was proposed four months ago by Brewer, before the attack on Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy who was apparently shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was part of a neighborhood watch and claims he shot Martin in self defense.

Florida police officials have not charged Zimmerman in the shooting death because he invoked the rights under the bill.

Over the weekend, President Obama commented on the shooting saying, "If I had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon," according to the Boston Herald.

Supporters of the Stand Your Ground Bill say the law was incorrectly applied to the Trayvon Martin shooting, but the FBI is still investigating the shooting.

The bill is in the Judiciary Committee and is expected to be voted on in April.

Michael Barrett April 20, 2012 at 06:27 PM
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/12/20/gun_permits_surge_in_state/ Over 200,000 people have a license to carry a concealed firearm in Massachusetts. These are not the criminals, they are your neighbors and fellow workers. Gun laws take guns from non criminal and make victims. A gun is most important to women and elderly people as they cannot physically protect themselves as well. Guns save lives.
David Nolta April 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Yes, and how about children? Children are vulnerable, like your "women and elderly people". And we all know that, generally speaking, children have much better eyesight than elderly people, eyesight being one requirement of "aim"--and I assume that aim is important here--we don't want to shoot the wrong person! So I begin to be persuaded. Children will now be able to defend themselves against all the pedophiles and violent bullies--those criminals who are not our "neighbors and fellow workers"--those people that we "good guys" are so good at spotting as the "bad guys". Yes, and kids might even protect themselves against their own parents, if those parents become physically abusive (it's rare, I'm sure, and yet I'm told it does happen). Why shouldn't they? As long as they can bear the burden of proof. Which is, after all, what this bill is about--that is, it is not about banning guns, it is about whether or not the living should continue to bear the burden of proof. After all, who else can bear it? After the killing?
Michael Barrett January 12, 2013 at 03:58 AM
It's the constitution. If you do not like it, change it. But the second part is clear and has been affirmed again recently by the federal 7th circuit court of appeals. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/12/7th-circuit-finds-constitutional-right-to-carry-guns.php People who are licensed to carry, don't 'run around with guns'. When was the last shooting of any kind that involved a person licensed to carry? Legal gun owners are the most responsible people in society. There are over 300,000 people in MA who are licensed to carry concealed. Some are women who have been raped or are in fear of a violent ex. How could an elderly person or woman fight off an attack from a man? When seconds count, cops are only minutes away. The shooting in CT? The cops took 20 minutes to get there. Yeah, calling 911 was all that was needed, right?
Michael Barrett January 12, 2013 at 03:59 AM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/12/7th-circuit-finds-constitutional-right-to-carry-guns.php Don't forget that pesky "keep" and "bear" part of the 2nd. When was the last shooting involving a CCL person? You are clueless.
Michael Barrett January 12, 2013 at 04:01 AM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/12/7th-circuit-finds-constitutional-right-to-carry-guns.php You are wrong

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