March 28, 2007
Texas Enacts "Self Defense" Law
Florida has led Texas to return to the wild west: Texas adopted a statute, much like the one that met with some derision in Florida, that allows deadly force in expanded circumstances. There's an article about the statute here.
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Well, that's good. We don't the government going after people just for defending themselves.
Posted by: Safety Scott | Mar 28, 2007 6:09:30 AM
There were claims that Texas had returned to the "wild west" when we passed our concealed carry weapons (CCW)law. What happened? Nothing. Crime rates were dropping and they continued to drop.
Criminals don't obey laws. That's why they are ciminals. If they want to carry a weapon they just do it. The CCW laws allowed people who obey laws the opportunity to have the means to defend themselves.
Most Texans (including me) did not know that we were ever required to retreat. Juries didn't not normally convict citizens for defending themselves rather than retreating. All this change in law does is reduce the chance that someone will be victimized by a criminal and then be victimized again the by courts.
Posted by: Bruce Richardson | Mar 28, 2007 7:30:52 AM