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Letter to the Editor: Holder’s bogus Stand Your Ground law argument

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Eric Holder at NAACPAttorney General Eric Holder strongly condemned Stand Your Ground laws at a recent speech before the NAACP convention in Orlando, saying the measures “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense.”

“The list of resulting tragedies is long and, unfortunately, has victimized too many who are innocent,” Holder added. He would be wise to check the data before commenting on a more broad discussion of so-called racial inequality, in which the populace is whipped into a frenzy by deceptive media and political operatives seeking to gain ground by inciting emotional, racially grounded contempt of the law of the land.

According to The Daily Caller’s analysis of a database maintained by the Tampa Bay Times, African Americans use Florida’s Stand Your Ground defense claims in 33 percent of homicide cases, nearly twice the rate of the state’s black population. African Americans also use the defense more often than Florida’s white population and find it successful 55 of the time, matching the statewide average and exceeding the success white Floridians see.

Holder, who never seems to care about the facts, needs to be reminded that he is charged with the preservation, protection and defense of the America’s laws and Constitution. Bowing to mobs calling for their own brand of justice contradicts his obligation and oath. Holder is specifically charged with protecting the inalienable rights of our citizens, which come from God and are not granted by the government. Holder cannot take away those rights in a society comprised of free citizens, and any attempt to do so should frighten the free people of a nation founded by believers in the Judeo-Christian doctrine.

Our laws recognize that the inherent right to immunity when defending one’s self from an aggressor is annunciated in the Bible, Torah and the Jewish law of the Talmud.

Even Cicero, Rome’s greatest orator and personal liberty advocate, argued that the right to self-defense was natural and inborn, not a creation of the government, and that the right to use weapons was a necessary part of that right. Any view to the contrary is nonsense, Cicero believed.

Holder’s contempt for law, both natural and constitutional, not only makes him unfit for his office, but undermines the rights that are the very basis of our society. His race-baiting and politicization of his position divides when we should unite as a nation of laws. He is seeking to destroy both doctrine and laws that are long recognized and defended as the very fabric of Western civilization.

Ed Riordan

Winter Springs, FL

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