Illinois does not have a formally codified "Stand Your Ground" law, as more than half the states in the union do. Repealing such legislation has been at or very near the top of the to-do list of the anti-self-defense zealots ever since the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin presented itself as a ripe target for exploitation in furtherance of that agenda, despite George Zimmerman's defense never once invoking SYG.
With Illinois not having such a law, one might think that opponents there of decent people equipped and prepared to defend their lives and families would have to find something else to complain about, but such thinking ignores the creative(ly stupid) intensity of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board's hatred of an armed citizenry:
So-called “stand your ground laws” have led to unnecessary shootings around the country, and now Illinois is on the brink of having one of its own sneak onto the books through the back door. The Legislature should act to prevent that before anyone dies in one of those stupidly unnecessary confrontations.
This "sneak[ing] onto the books through the back door" to which the editorial bizarrely refers does not involve any new law. There is no serious effort underway to bring SYG to Illinois. What has the Sun-Times in such an uproar is that while there is no explicit "Stand Your Ground" law in Illinois, there is also, as in Washington, no explicit requirement for a peaceable citizen to retreat from an assailant--never has been, and jurisprudence in the state has reflected that.
This point has been largely moot in the past, because of the state's outright prohibition on armed self-defense. Now, though, with the federal courts having forced the Illinois legislature, kicking and screaming, into passing a concealed carry law this summer, with actual implementation of the law expected any decade now, a law-abiding citizen may actually stand his ground with something more authoritative than his fists and strong language.
The Chicago Sun-Times cannot abide that, so they are now lobbying for a "Run and Hide" law--a law specifically intended to make self-defense more difficult and legally risky, because the paper agrees with Attorney General Eric Holder that the entire concept of self-defense must be kept strictly limited:
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in July said the laws “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense” . . .
Perhaps Holder and the Sun-Times editorial board should call in the United Nations to support their anti-self-defense crusade--the U.N. shares their hostility toward armed self-defense in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Blogger Thirdpower suggests that any gun owners who subscribe to the Chicago Sun-Times withdraw their financial support from that anti-self-defense propaganda arm. Starve the beast, and accelerate the trend recently noted by National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea.
A society that prohibits decent people from standing their ground, a society in which they must retreat from predatory thugs, is a society in which the thugs rule, where bullying and intimidation are legally protected "rights," to be enforced by the government's own bullying thugs. Americans must not shrink from standing their ground against all such creatures, in government and out.
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