Those of you who have been members of the Law of Self Defense community for any length of time have heard me make this observation innumerable times:
“If the gun control fascists didn’t have lies, they’d have nothing to say at all.”
Today’s Post of the Day reaffirms the simple truth of this observation in a blog post about Arkansas continuing efforts to adopt “Stand-Your-Ground” (aka, no legal duty to retreat before defending yourself if you are an innocent victim of a deadly force attack).
The blog post in question was published earlier today by the Arkansas Times. The focus of that post is to applaud the news that an Arkansas legislative committee has decided to defer further consideration of the state’s proposed “Stand-Your-Ground” law, HB1059. (Yes, believe it or not, Arkansas is one of the remaining 13 or so “duty-to-retreat states.) The entirety of HB1059 is embedded at the bottom of this post, but the relevant “Stand-Your-Ground” portion reads:
(c) A person who is lawfully present at the location where the deadly physical force is used, who has not provoked the person against whom the deadly physical force is used, and who is not engaged in criminal activity at the time the deadly physical force is used is not required to retreat before using deadly physical force as described in this section.
Arkansas law already requires as a condition of deadly physical force that it may be used only to prevent a violent felony are a deadly force attack.
So who can be against that? Well, Progressive fascists, of course. But they can’t argue the issue on the merits, so they have to resort to lies. In this particular case one of those lies in the form of a graph prepared by the Center for American Progress, a Progressive fascist think-tank and propaganda mill.
That graph is shown in the text and video versions of this post, but essentially purports to show that Florida’s 2005 adoption of its “Stand-Your-Ground” law resulted in increased unlawful killings. Indeed, the graph is titled: “Gun murder rate in Florida increased dramatically after 2005, surpassing national rate.”
The graph itself gives away its lie in its very own subtitle, however, which reads “Rates of gun homicides per every 100,000 people, 1996-2016.” The line on the graph purports to show a modest and almost certainly statistically irrelevant increase from about 3 homicides per 100,000 population to about 5 homicides per 100,000 population.
Here’s the thing: They say “homicide” like it’s a bad thing. Indeed, they say it like it’s synonymous with “murder.” Guess what, folks: It’s not. Homicide simply means the killing of one person by another. Murder is a form of unlawful homicide. All murders are homicides, but … here’s the key … not all homicides are murders. Indeed, some homicides are an outright social good. Shoot dead that suicide bomber before he can blow up the pre-school? That’s a homicide—but not a “bad thing.”
For all we know the modest increase in homicides in Florida following the state’s adoption of “Stand-Your-Ground” were all, every single one, perfectly lawful killings in self-defense. That intended rape victim decided to not be a victim, and shot and killed her attacker. That armed robbery victim decided not to leave their lives in the hands of the felony robber, but rather to defend themselves by neutralizing the robber’s ability to kill him. The retired widow listening to her front door being kicked in by home invaders decided to make effective use of her husband’s old shotgun and keep herself alive by killing the unlawful intruders.
All of those are both homicides and arguably social goods. None of them are murders. Presumably, the Center for American Progress would prefer more successful rapes, armed robberies, and home invasions, rather than survivors who effectively defended themselves against life-threatening criminal predators.
Remember folks, Progressive fascists never argue in good faith, because they know full well they can’t win on the merits. How do you know they’re lying? They’re ALWAYS lying.
Remember: You carry a gun so you’re hard to kill. Know the law so you’re hard to convict.
Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC