Friday, July 26, 2013

Alabama Summers And Snowballs

Now that the Zimmerman trial is over, gun prohibitionists and their political allies have declared a jihad on Stand Your Ground laws. Many of the attempts to repeal the protection that these laws give to persons exercising their right to self-defense will come in the state legislatures.

One of the latest attempts to repeal these laws is coming from the state of Alabama where certain Democrats vow to repeal that state's Stand Your Ground law.
A Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday there would be an effort to repeal Alabama’s version of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in the next legislative session, but acknowledged it could be a difficult fight.

“We know it will not just be uphill, but up mountain,” said Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, at a news conference.
Alabama has had a Stand Your Ground law since 2006 when it was sponsored by then-State Sen. Larry Means (D-Attala). Much like in Illinois in 2004 where then-State Senator Barack Obama supported that state's Stand Your Ground law, this law was supported by Democrats.

In the last session of the Alabama Legislature, they were presented with a bill to repeal the Stand Your Ground law. That attempt didn't make it out of committee. Nonetheless, Sen. Sanders plans to attempt it.
Sanders said he did not know what the scope of any Senate action would be or who would take the lead on it, but said he would sponsor a repeal effort if no one else did. Republicans control large majorities in both chambers, but Sanders said he would work on repeal for “however long” it took.
Frankly, I'd rate his chances of getting his bill out of committee right up there with a snowball not melting when left out in the midday sun during a hot Alabama summer. In other words, it doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of passing.


  1. According to Todd Vandermyde, the author of Illinois Stand Your Ground law, 0bama voted for , but did not sponsor the bill. Only after having voted against allowing people to use firearms in their home for self defense.

    1. Thanks for that update. I'll correct this mistake.

  2. I don't understand these people.

    If it is an "up-mountain" task to repeal these laws, surely that indicates broad support for them.

    If the task is being launched IN SPITE of this broad support - why?

    What does this politician (or any other) get out of this? I am a firm believer in the golden rule - he who has the gold makes the rules - but what reward (monetary or not, visible or otherwise) is he expecting?