Letter to the Editor

Everyone should find out about the Arkansas Castle Doctrine Crime Bill

Thursday, August 21, 2008

On March 23, 2005, the Florida Senate passed SB-436, the "Castle Doctrine" unanimously by a vote of 39 yays to zero nays. They know something about this bill.

On April 5, the Florida House passed SB436, "Castle Doctrine" by a vote of 94 yays to 20 nays, a margin of better than four to one.

On April 3, 2005, Governor Jeb Bush signed SB-436, the "Castle Doctrine" into law (Chapter no, 2005-27). It took effect on Oct. 2005.

Since then, 21 other states have passed this self defense law for their citizens.

The Florida Castle Doctrine law basically does three things.

One, it establishes, in law, the presumption that a criminal who forcibly enters or intrudes into your home or occupied vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm, therefore a person may use any manner of force, including deadly force, against that person.

Two, it removes the duty to retreat if you are attacked in any place you have a right to be. You no longer have to turn your back on a criminal and try to run when attacked. Instead, you may stand your ground and fight back, meeting force with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or others. This is an American right repeatedly recognized in Supreme Court gun cases.

Three, it provides that persons using force authorized by law shall not be prosecuted for using such force.

It also prohibits criminals and their families from suing victims for injuring or killing the criminals who have attacked them.

In short, it gives rights back to law-abiding people and force judges and prosecutors who are prone to coddling criminals instead of focusing on protecting victims.

This law was destroyed by Rep. Benny Perus who refused to sponsor it, vote for it or help other lawmakers trying to pass this bill. A Senate judiciary committee packed with liberal-anti-self-defense lawmakers destroyed the bill by voting against it.

Call these folks and ask them "What part of 'shall not infringe' don't you understand?"

Rep. Benny Perus 870-673-4602, Sen. Jim Luker 870-238-2223, Sen. Sue Madison 479-442-2997, Sen. Irma Hunter Brown 501-372-4140, Sen. Mary Anne Salmon 501-753-4521, Sen. Robert Thompson 870-239-9581.

Also helping to destroy the bill was Pros. Attorney Bob McMahan, 501-682-3671, who spoke against this self-defense bill.

For more information about the Arkansas Castle Doctrine Crime Bill, visit www.arnet.com/arcrimebill.

Larry Harr

Stuttgart, AR