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Eric Holder: ‘People who feel threatened have a duty to retreat’ [video]

http://twitter.com/#!/sunnyright/status/357240247085572097

The concept of self-defense is terribly outdated in this day and age. At least that’s what Attorney General Eric Holder seems to believe.

Addressing the NAACP this afternoon, Holder, using the context of the Zimmerman trial, bemoaned the destruction resulting from citizens exercising their right to defend themselves:

http://twitter.com/#!/TheRickWilson/status/357238144732631041
http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/357238165087584256

For Holder, this was a perfect opportunity to rail against Florida’s Stand Your Ground legislation — despite the fact that SYG was never invoked by Zimmerman:

http://twitter.com/#!/benshapiro/status/357238778525515777
http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/357238808971980802

It also afforded him a platform for his ridiculous contention that when faced in public with a potentially dangerous confrontation, the onus is on the victim:

Transcript:

“There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the “if” is important — if no safe retreat is available. But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the commonsense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat outside their homes if they can do so safely. By allowing and perhaps encouraging violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety. The list of resulting tragedies is long, and unfortunately has victimized too many who are innocent. It is our collective obligation. We must stand our ground.”

How does that work, exactly?

http://twitter.com/#!/sunnyright/status/357240020731568129
http://twitter.com/#!/RBPundit/status/357243129126068226

So now, potential victims are the enemy?

http://twitter.com/#!/mchastain81/status/357239818847133697

And they have a “duty to retreat”?

http://twitter.com/#!/sunnyright/status/357238388723687424
http://twitter.com/#!/sunnyright/status/357238830757187584
http://twitter.com/#!/sunnyright/status/357240473674465280
http://twitter.com/#!/sunnyright/status/357240814155464704

Bravely running away may be Holder et al.’s M.O.:

http://twitter.com/#!/whpresscorps/status/357239080561549312

But that sort of twisted logic doesn’t work for those of us in the real world:

http://twitter.com/#!/ErilesC/status/357247898200711172
http://twitter.com/#!/polnumbness/status/357250374102564864

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/07/16/eric-holder-self-defense-is-deadly-people-who-feel-threatened-have-a-duty-to-retreat/

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