I don't know when it happened, but many years ago the Democrat Party decided to surrender.
They surrendered and now they want you and me to surrender. I left NJ because of the cult of surrender that pervaded our politics and legislation. If we are forced to retreat where would our society be today?
Avoiding conflict is a normal human reaction, but fight or flight cannot be legislated. It is instinctual and we shouldn't be punished for self preservation. I would like to see this bill backfire and force the entire reciprocity rule to the forefront, as well has have the two bill sponsors booted from office.
The blatant "false advertisement" on the part of the legislators (in appealing to popular opinion) demonstrates that these guys really don't understand the existing law within the context of self-defense.
Here's the link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/may/8/house-vote-trayvon-amendment/
"Shoot-first' laws have already cost too many lives. In Florida alone, deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted. Federal money shouldn't be spent supporting states with laws that endanger their own people," said Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the two Democrats who are offering the legislation. "This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don't enforce seat-belt laws."
Obviously, this won't go very far, but people should remember the two guys (and the Party) that drafted the Surrender Amendment next time they go to the polls.
"Democrats backed off of their effort Tuesday to offer a "Trayvon amendment" to pressure states to drop their stand-your-ground laws after learning it was likely to be ruled out of order under the evening's rules for debate on the House floor.
Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, said he will still try to force a debate at a more "appropriate" time in the future, saying action is demanded by the case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who police said was shot dead in a street encounter with a neighborhood watch volunteer."