Andrew in National Review: “What to Make of the New Study of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law”

Hey folks,

Look at that, I got published in National Review!

My post there is a take-down on a piece of faux “science” published by JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) on the subject of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law.:

“What to Make of the New Study of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law”

You can read the whole thing over at National Review by clicking the title above or by clicking here.

Thanks to National Review for the opportunity, it’s been great fun!

Twitter-Proved: CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin's Wager is PAST DUE

Ah, the wonders of Twitter, and the evidentiary bread-crumb trail it inevitably leaves in its wake.

As previously discussed in my post here, The Wager Sunny Hostin Refuses to Honor, as well as a similar post over at Legal Insurrection, CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin wagered $100 with me at the recent UC Berkeley Law School debate on SYG (which I won, thank you, very much), whereupon she promptly refused to pay up the next day.

To continue the fun, I thought I’d share with all the brief email exchange between Sunny and myself, up to the point she turns tail and runs cowardly away from her wager obligation.  So, here goes.

AB1 settle up wager

AB2 offer proof or conceded

AB3 how much time?

AB4 forward to hearing

AB5 operator audio

SH 11 followed

AB7 irrelevant

Told not to follow

AB6 dispatch do not order

SH depot told not to follow

(I would note, as an aside, that even the tiny portion of the deposition appended by Sunny actually presents evidence that it was Trayvon Martin who confronted George Zimmerman–“the suspect [Trayvon]emerged from the darkness”–NOT that George Zimmerman confronted Tayvon Martin.  That’s some lawyering, Sunny.)

AB wasnt wager

person responsible is Trayvon

AB8 absolutely

KelTec

AB9 changing subject

Surprised invited

AB13 you conceded?

 

AB show evidence

And then in her final act of intellectual cowardice in this exchange, Sunny runs away from her wager obligation.

Given your history

That’s a hell of a legal analyst you have there, CNN.  No wonder the vast majority of your feeble ratings come from airport waiting areas.

@mav128 hit the nail right on the head when he observed, sarcastically, that:

Mav128 racist is winning

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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Andrew Branca to Debate Stand-Your-Ground at UC Berkeley

Hey folks,

Guess who’s been invited by UC Berkeley to take the “pro” side of a debate on Stand-Your-Ground?

Haha, yep. Little ol’ me. 🙂

Last time I debated a California academic on Stand-Your-Ground, on NPR, he lost the power of speech halfway through.

Well, maybe they’ll have better luck this time.

Debate is the evening of April 17, 5-8PM, on the Berkeley campus.  Other details–such as who will be on the “con” side of the debate, and whether the debate will be open to the public, are not yet known to be.  As soon as they share those details with me, I’ll share them with you.

This ought to be great fun!

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere. In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you’d like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere. Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others. You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

Andrew Branca Talks SYG on "Intersection of Madness & Reality" Radio

Hey folks,

I was invited to be a guest on a blog-radio show called “”Intersection of Madness and Reality” radio show to discuss “Stand-Your-Ground: Understanding the Law of Self Defense”.

I ended up on the show for almost an hour-and-a-half, and had a lot of fun doing it.

Those of you with the patience can listen to the whole thing here:

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere. In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you’d like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere. Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others. You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

LOSD QOTW: Understanding the Castle Doctrine and Stand-Your-Ground

This week’s winner in the “Law of Self Defense Question of the Week” is @bhrondeau, who asks: “Can you explain the difference between the Castle Doctrine and Stand-Your-Ground?”

Much Confusion Around Both Stand-Your-Ground and Castle Doctrine

This is a great question because there is so much confusion around both these terms. Much of the confusion stems from the fact that although both of these terms have a narrow, technically-correct meaning they have also been commonly used to refer to other aspects of self-defense law beyond these core meanings. (In addition, of course, Stand-Your-Ground has been deliberately mischaracterized throughout the media by political activists for their own purposes.)

The Historical Context of Stand-Your-Ground and the Castle Doctrine

First, let’s talk about the core definitions of the Castle Doctrine and Stand-Your-Ground in terms of how they are similar. To provide necessary context, we’ll begin with some history.

America was, of course, a British colony prior to our Revolution, and operated under principles of British law, much of which was based on common law (that is, law developed by practice in courts rather then formed by statutes). Given the length of British history, much of that common law finds its foundations hundreds of years in the past. And it is in that distant past that we encounter the generalized duty to retreat.

For the complete lengthy response to @bhrondeau‘s Question of the Week, check out the full-length post over at Ammoland.com:

Much Confusion Around Both Stand-Your-Ground & Castle Doctrine

For having had his question selected at this week’s Question of the Week, @bhrondeau elected to receive a custom autographed copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition.” It’s on its way, @bhrondeau!

I you’d like to submit your own Question of the Week, and become eligible to win a free book or a snazzy LOSD baseball cap, simply submit your question at Ask Andrew at the Law of Self Defense web site.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (where a custom autograph can be specified, great for gift purchases!), Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you’d like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke Grants Me a Mention in SYG Post

Hey folks,

Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection just informed me that the post I wrote for them yesterday–Florida Theater Shooting Induces Another Round of “Stand Your Ground” Mania–has earned me a favorable mention by the always awesome Charles C.W. Cooke over at National Review.

Charles’ National Review post can be found here:  More Stand Your Ground Silliness

Now if I could only get Charles to stick to a single spelling for my last name (“Blanca,” Charles? Really?).  🙂

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you’d like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

Florida Theater Shooting Induces Another Round of “Stand Your Ground” Mania

Hey folks,

Ever since the phrase “Stand-Your-Ground” caught the eye of journalists everywhere, it seems they simply cannot get enough of it.

“Stand-Your-Ground” here, “Stand-Your-Ground” there, “Stand-Your-Ground” everywhere.

The latest breakout of “Stand-Your-Ground-Mania” is now emerging around a tragic and apparently completely unnecessary shooting in a Tampa-area theater yesterday, as described in a piece from the Tampa Bay Times: Stand Your Ground already an issue in theater shooting.

For my whole analysis on why this theater shooting has NOTHING to do with “Stand-Your-Ground” no matter how much the mainstream media bleats “SYG!!!”, see my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Florida Theater Shooting Induces Another Round of “Stand Your Ground” Mania

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you’d like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

Ohio House Passes HB-203: "Stand Your Ground" and More Goodness

Hey folks,

Well, the Ohio House of Representatives have passed HB-203 by an overwhelming 62-27 vote. The bill next proceeds to the Ohio Senate.

HB-203 has been previously mentioned here at lawofselfdefense.com as Ohio’s proposed “stand-your-ground” bill, and that’s certainly true.

The bill is also, however, full of all kinds of other pro-gun goodness, including improved reciprocity, and the issuance of concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) to non-residents.

The pot was sweetened by also including more comprehensive background requirements for CHLs.

The official bill analysis by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission can be seen here:

The full text of the House-passed bill can be seen here:

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Law of Self Defense Facebook
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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with the next seminar scheduled for Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

VIDEO: 100% of Florida ADULTS Testifying In Hearing SUPPORTED Stand-Your-Ground

Hey folks,

I’ve already mentioned in a previous post how not a single Black adult (who was not a “professional” in the criminal justice or race-hate industry) appeared before the FLorida House Judiciary Committee to testify in support of HB-4003 and against Stand-Your-Ground.

VIDEO: How many Black adults testified against SYG in Florida hearing? ZERO

Conversely, 100% of the 16 Florida adults (also not “professionals”) who appeared before the Judiciary Committee testified AGAINST HB-4003 and IN SUPPORT of Stand-Your-Ground.

Below is video their testimony, in the order in which it was delivered. I should mention that although 16 of these adults actually testified, there was perhaps an equal number–or more–who were physically present and prepared to speak in opposition to HN-4003 but waived their time to other opponents of HB-4003. This means that the 14 people (mostly children) testifying in favor of HB-4003 were vastly outnumbered by those present who opposed the bill.

(NOTE: All the speaker names are spelled phonetically, my apologies for the resultant misspellings.)

Enjoy!

And, to close things up, here’s the final roll call vote that dispatched HB-4003 by an 11-2 vote:

Have a great weekend, everybody, and have a great Columbus Day!

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Law of Self Defense Facebook
[If you like what I write, please “follow” me on Twitter, and “like” me on Facebook. My IT person says it matters. 🙂 ]


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with upcoming seminars scheduled for Atlanta GA (11/16), and Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and elsewhere.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

VIDEO: How Many Black ADULTS Testified Against SYG in Florida Hearing? ZERO

Hey folks,

This past Thursday the Florida House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing, debate, and vote on HB-4003, the proposed bill that would be repealed “Stand-Your-Ground” and other legal protections for those defend themselves in their homes, and vehicles. As I’ve mentioned in other coverage, the bill was soundly defeated by an 11-2 vote of the committee (See Repeal of “Stand-Your-Ground” voted down in Florida House Committee).

The hearing really consisted of five discrete segments:

(1) Rep. Williams, the sponsor of HB-4003, spoke about the importance of repealing HB-4003 and answered questions from the Judiciary Committee members.

(2) Testimony in favor of, and in opposition to, the bill was offered by “professionals” in the community.  By “professionals” I mean people who make their living involved in the criminal justice system, in community activism, or as part of the race-hate industry.  It was here that we heard from representatives of the Florida Sheriff’s association, the state’s association of prosecutors, and of public defenders.

We also heard testimony from a local chapter of the NAACP,  a law partner of Benjamin Crump, perhaps best known to this audience as the lawyer representing the parents of Trayvon Martin, and the organizer of the “Dream Defenders” youths who had occupied the Florida State House in the aftermath of the Zimmerman acquittal.  All three of these latter  gentlemen were Black.

We also heard testimony here from two Black parents who had lost sons in circumstances that may or may not have involved issues of Stand-Your-Ground.  I put them in the “professional” category because (a) at least one of them, McBath, appears to be making something of a profession of traveling the country and speaking on this issue (although the killer of her son is currently on trial for murder, so to date it seems justice is being served), and (b) to differentiate them from other public speakers who address the issues absent the distorting lens of having lost a child.

(3) Public testimony from any person who wished to appear before the committee and speak in favor of, or in opposition to, HB-4003. In this case there were 14 persons who spoke in favor of HB-4003 (and therefore against Stand-Your-Ground), and 16 persons who spoke in opposition to HB-4003 (and therefore in defense of Stand-Your-Ground).  (I should note, however, that the actual numbers were not nearly as balanced as this suggests–about as many persons in opposition of HB-4003 appeared before the committee and registered to speak, but then waived their time in favor of others also opposed.)

(4) The Committee members who wished to make their own public comments then did so (not all wished to do so).  If you like you can view their comments, in the sequence made, here:

VIDEO: See FL Legislators Debate, Defeat Effort to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground

(5) The Committee members voted on HB-4003, with 11 voting against and 2 voting in favor.  Click here to view the roll-call vote.

ZERO Black adults spoke against Stand-Your-Ground during “Nonprofessional” Public Testimony

Perhaps no aspect of the FL Judiciary Hearing struck me as much as did the nature of the “nonprofessionals” who came to testify in favor of HB-4003, and against “Stand-Your-Ground”.  Why?  Because there was not a single Black adult among them.  Not one.  Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Apparently the supporters of HB-4003 were unable to find a single Black adult to speak against Stand-Your-Ground unless they were  (1) either professionally engaged in the race-hate industry or (2) a parent who had personally lost a child in an arguably SYG situation.

Of the 14 “nonprofessional” people providing testimony before the committee, only two were adults (and by “adults” I mean beyond college-age).

Both of these adults were white people:

The remaining twelve “nonprofessionals” testifying in favor of HB-4003 were all black, and also all of high-school or college age.  (Indeed, nearly half of these ought arguably to be placed in the “professional” category, as five of them wore T-shirts identifying themselves as “Dream Defenders,” a political activist group organized specifically to oppose Stand-Your-Ground laws.)  I present the images below in the order of their testimony–all names are spelled phonetically, and my apologies before hand for the invariable misspellings.

 

 Sharp Contrast with Public Testifying Against HB-4003, and FOR Stand-Your-Ground

In sharp contrast to the black high school and college students who testified in favor of HB-4003 and against Stand-Your-Ground, those alternating speakers who were opposed to HB-4003 were consistently well into their adult years, and were not present because they were representing an activist political group or had personally lost a child to an purported “Stand-Your-Ground” scenario.

You can view their testimony here:

VIDEO: 100% of Florida ADULTS Testifying In Hearing SUPPORTED Stand-Your-Ground

One would have to speculate as to why no adult Black people felt it worth their time to show up and testify for HB-4003 and against Stand-Your-Ground, especially when so many adults were able to appear to testify against HB-4003 and in favor of Stand-Your-Ground (at least 16 such opponents actually spoke, many more were present to speak but waived their time to other opponents of HB-4003).

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Law of Self Defense Facebook
[If you like what I write, please “follow” me on Twitter, and “like” me on Facebook. My IT person says it matters. 🙂 ]


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with upcoming seminars scheduled for Atlanta GA (11/16), and Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and elsewhere.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.