VIDEO: US Senate Stand-Your Ground Hearings, Senator Cruz, Follow-Up (10/29/13)

Hey folks, More Ted Cruz goodness–these are follow-up comments, after the various witnesses brought to testify in the hearing had completed their prepared remarks: In particular he notes that then-Senator Obama voted for self-defense immunity laws in Illinois before he was elected to higher office. Cruz also jabs at Sen. Durbin’s efforts to target ALEC and chill free speech. Durbin’s hissy-fit in response can be seen at about the 8:20 mark, telling the audience “don’t …

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VIDEO: Dr. Ilya Shapiro, CATO, Speaks at Senate Stand-Your-Ground Hearings

Hey folks, Following up on my earlier posts on yesterday’s US Senate hearing on Stand-Your-Ground, I’m pleased to provide the full-length video of the testimony of Dr. Ilya Shapiro of CATO. Dr. Shapiro also had additional valuable testimony, after these prepared remarks, when he was questioned by some of the Senators in the hearing, but I’ll have to post those up later. Also, don’t forget that I did an overview of the entire hearing at …

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VIDEO: Dr. John Lott, CPRC, Speaks at Senate Stand-Your-Ground Hearings

Hey folks, Following up on my earlier posts on yesterday’s US Senate hearing on Stand-Your-GroundI’m please to provide the full-length video of the testimony of Dr. John Lott, Jr., long known to all of us in the self-defense community as the author of the seminal text, More Guns, Less Crime.  Today Dr. Lott leads the Crime Prevention Research Center. Dr. Lott also had additional valuable testimony, after these prepared remarks, when he was questioned by …

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VIDEO: US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Speaks at Senate Stand-Your-Ground Hearings

Hey folks, Following up my earlier post of Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) opening remarks in the Senate’s Stand-Your-Ground hearing yesterday, I’m pleased to follow up with the introductory remarks by the representative of the Senate’s minority party, US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX): More to come, including Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center and Dr. Ilya Shapiro of CATO, as well as some anti-self-defense folks. Also, don’t forget that I did an overview …

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VIDEO: US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Opens Senate Stand-Your-Ground Hearings

Hey folks, Yesterday the US Senate held hearings on the self-defense law commonly referred to as Stand-Your-Ground.  I did an overview of the events over at Legal Insurrection: “Stand Your Ground” opponents mangle law and Trayvon facts at Senate Hearing At the time I wrote that post I had only limited video available to share with everyone.  Since then I’ve been working my way through the full-length video, and as I get it formatted, edited, …

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“Stand Your Ground” opponents mangle law and Trayvon facts at Senate Hearing

Hey folks, This morning Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois held a US Senate hearing nominally on the subject of Stand Your Ground laws. Over at Legal Insurrection I share an overview of the testimony, along with my own general observations. (More detailed posts will likely follow.) “Stand Your Ground” opponents mangle law and Trayvon facts at Senate Hearing -–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Facebook: LOSD Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the …

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FUNNY VIDEO: “Sensible Horror Film” with Girl Gun Content (TM)

Hey folks, Just a weekend funny video: “The Sensible Horror Film” It’s funny enough in its own right, but finds a place here because of the Girl Gun Content (TM) right at the 2:21 mark. Enjoy! -–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Facebook: LOSD 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 & …

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VIDEO: “The Value of Tactical Retreat to a Legally-Sound Self-Defense Strategy”

Hey folks, Below is another of the video clips resulting from Glen Bland’s interview of yours truly. This one is only a couple of minutes long, and is focused on the value of tactical retreat to a legally-sound self-defense strategy. Building a legally-sound self-defense strategy is the culminating topic of both “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” and the Law of Self Defense Seminars. Of course, retreat should only ever be attempted if it …

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No “Make-My-Day” Immunity for Colorado Woman Who Killed Estranged Boyfriend

Hey folks, A Colorado judge denied immunity under the state’s “Make My Day” law to a woman charged with 1st degree murder. The defendant, Marla Abling, has been charged with first degree murder for the strangulation killing of her estranged boyfriend, Rory Alba. The couple had a history of alleged domestic violence, and Abling had obtained a temporary restraining order that forbid Alba from going to Abling’s apartment. Despite this, Alba was in Abling’s apartment …

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VIDEO: Self-Defense Attorney Andrew Branca: The Reality and Politics of “Stand Your Ground”

Here’s another video clip from the lengthy interview of yours truly by Glen Evans, of Warrior Men and Self Defense Digest. Here we discuss the legal realities of “Stand Your Ground”, and distinguish between the tactical application of “Stand Your Ground” on the one hand and self-defense immunity laws on the other–two very different legal constructs that are two often incorrectly conflated. [UPDATE: Sorry, folks, this video seems to have disappeared off Youtube.]

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