Tuesday, July 23, 2013

House GOP Leader Dismisses Concerns of Black Lawmakers Over 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The whole world has been waiting for the Republican response to black lawmakers' call for review of this state's "Stand Your Ground" law, and here's that breaking news: Rep. Glen Casada, the state House's No. 3 Republican, sees no need for any changes. Surprise!

“That law was vetted through the committee system and it allows for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves,” said Casada. “Maybe [the Black Caucus] misunderstood what the law does. The law doesn’t say go out and shoot people. It says that if a reasonable person fears for his safety or his life then he can defend himself, so that’s good public policy.”

Casada, R-Franklin, rejected the idea that there’s racial bias in the law, saying it grants legal protections to all. “I don’t see color in there anywhere,” he said.

Casada helpfully pointed out the 2007 vote for Tennessee's "Stand Your Ground" law was unanimous. It was taken when Democrats still ran state government, and Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen signed it into law. A little explanation by way of background: That was when Democrats thought they could cling to power in this state by proving to the NRA that they're every bit as crazy as Republicans and willing to give a license to kill to any paranoid bigot or trigger-happy chucklehead who feels threatened on the street.

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