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by Lee

Texas should just change its name to The Punisher.

Criminals in Texas beware: if you threaten someone in their car or office, the citizens of this state where guns are ubiquitous have the right to shoot you dead.

Governor Rick Perry’s office said on Tuesday that he had signed a new law that expands Texans’ existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves “without retreat” in their homes, cars and workplaces.

“The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in Texas law, but is intuitive to human nature,” Perry said on his Web site.

The new law, which takes affect on September 1, extends an exception to a statute that required a person to retreat in the face of a criminal attack. The exception was in the case of an intruder unlawfully entering a person’s home.

The law extends a person’s right to stand their ground beyond the home to vehicles and workplaces, allowing the reasonable use of deadly force, the governor’s office said.

The reasonable use of lethal force will be allowed if an intruder is:

- Committing certain violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, or is attempting to commit such crimes

- Unlawfully trying to enter a protected place

- Unlawfully trying to remove a person from a protected place.

The law also provides civil immunity for a person who lawfully slays an intruder or attacker in such situations.

In other words, if you want to be a criminal, your best bet is to move to a state full of bleeding heart liberal pussies like California or Massachusetts.

Sympathy for violent offenders and criminals in general runs low in Texas, underscored by its busy death row.

If this is true (and it is) then the inverse must also be true:  sympathy for violent offenders and criminals in general runs high in California, underscored by the fact that virtually nobody, not even the most hardened gang member, is executed here.  And when the state finally gets around to executing one of these examples of subhuman social vermin, the usual group of wailing left-wing pussies like Sean Penn and Mike Farrell will be outside the gates of San Quentin whining about how unfair and barbaric it all is.

Posted by Lee on 03/29/07 at 07:50 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 03/29/07 at 09:07 PM from United States

I’m completely willing to string up Sean Penn on general principles.....

Posted by bb on 03/29/07 at 10:05 PM from United States

I’m not a criminal law expert (criminal law was one of my lowest grades in law school, in fact), but I think I understand what is going on with the Texas law.  If I’m wrong, apologies…

Many will claim that this law permits people to shoot without consequence.  What the law actually does is provide a legal protection against the all-too-typical situation where a person fires at an intruder in their home and then is charged with a crime and/or sued by the intruder (often, a person attempting to commit a crime).  With this law, the presumption is that the use of force was justified, and to make a case the prosecutor or defendent will have to prove that the shooter incited the victim.  Otherwise, once you show that a crime was in process, the burden is on the state to show that there was an exception, rather than for the shooter to prove that it was justified.  If that is what is happening, this is a great law.  It will save a lot of innocent people from being wrongfully prosecuted, as the prosecutors will have to have a very strong case to get past the first stage of a trial.

Posted by LandoGriffin on 03/29/07 at 10:10 PM from United States

speaking of celebrity asshats anyone here what Rosie said? Is it wrong that I want Allah to smite her?

Posted by on 03/29/07 at 10:22 PM from United States

What would the Californidiots do if the guy they were about to give the Needle to was a Republican? Or, worse, a Libertarian?

Posted by Brian at Tomfoolery on 03/29/07 at 11:12 PM from United States

I think all of those Katrina refugee scum has something to do with this.  Glad to see Texas giving more civil rights to the innocent than the guilty.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 03/29/07 at 11:27 PM from United States

"An armed society is a polite society."-Robert Heinlein

I’ll bet he’d have plenty to say about the politically correct direction our society has taken…

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 03:35 AM from United States

it will be interesting to see how it affects some of the illegal immigration that is happing on the border with mexico, it seems some ranchers down there have shot at illegals on their property and lost the ranch.

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 06:55 AM from Japan

In other words, if you want to be a criminal, your best bet is to move to a state full of bleeding heart liberal pussies like California or Massachusetts.

So this explains why the Australian murder rate is going down (in spite of strict gun control laws)??

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 09:42 AM from United States

Considering that violent crime in Australia has gone UP since they started all the gun control paranoia, what is your point?

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 09:54 AM from United States

So this explains why the Australian murder rate is going down (in spite of strict gun control laws)??

The gun control laws haven’t had much to do with that: Buyback has no effect on murder rate

A few excerpts:

The findings were clear, she said: “The policy has made no difference. There was a trend of declining deaths that has continued.”

But more than 90 per cent of firearms used to commit homicide were not registered, their users were not licensed and they had been unaffected by the firearms agreement.

Posted by LandoGriffin on 03/30/07 at 10:00 AM from United States

OT - But does the BBC hire anyone but apologists?

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 10:49 AM from Japan

The gun control laws haven’t had much to do with that: Buyback has no effect on murder rate

The story you linked to could well be true, although the jury’s still out - the main finding seems to be that there is no evidence that it has has or hasn’t worked, not that it hasn’t. But note that the study was not impartial in that the co-authors were both gun club members (an more impartial study would have had both).

Then there is the problem that it’s not actually relevant to the point I made:

Lee’s argument is that removing legal guns from the community makes it safer for criminals - hence the murder rate and gun crime in Australia should have increased after the buyback, but actually the rate of decrease accelerated (from memory, it doubled from 3% to 6%, but I can check if you like).

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 01:49 PM from United States

In other words, if you want to be a criminal, your best bet is to move to a state full of bleeding heart liberal pussies like California or Massachusetts.

Have you ever been to Boston or LA? I’d be more worried about being shot in those cities than Texas.

Posted by on 03/30/07 at 06:47 PM from United States

Have you ever been to Boston or LA? I’d be more worried about being shot in those cities than Texas.

Shot by who?  Surely you’re not implying that liberals have guns?

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