Proud Boys

Not unsurprisingly, the so-called Trumpster “patriots” plan armed demonstrations in Washington D.C. and at all state capitol buildings this week, according to reports.

This is a good time to review Ohio’s updated “stand your ground” law, which the Republican-besieged Statehouse pushed to get passed during the summer of social justice.

Remember, “stand your ground” is how George Zimmerman, when he was playing his favorite make-believe game “biased cop,” got away with murdering Trayvon Martin.

When Gov. DeWine recently signed Senate Bill 175, he made it legal for Ohioans, if they feel threatened, to shoot and kill in nearly all places, not just their residence or vehicle.

The law also abolishes the “duty to retreat” or try to get away first, meaning “a person has no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense,” as stated in the law.

Stand your ground is what justified gun-fighting in the Old West.

Ambiguous is the level of threat one must feel before they open fire.

The Buckeye Firearms Association, the state’s most influential pro-gun PAC, explains it this way: “Using lethal force in self-defense is legally justifiable if you have an honest and reasonable fear that you are in immediate and unavoidable danger of death or great bodily harm.”

The law won’t take effect until April 4th, but if we are to believe any local “patriot” fully understands the law let alone knows when it takes effect, it could become open season on those opposed to their “Supreme Being,” as some “patriots” like to call you-know-who.

Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence director Toby Hoover questions the law’s language which says if threatened, a person can use deadly force if they “reasonably believed that the force was necessary.”

“What is that?” asks Hoover. “Explain how somebody is going to make that judgement of when they are going to use deadly force.”

Again, the updated law applies to nearly everywhere, in front of the Ohio Statehouse for example, not just at a home or in your car.

No surprise is how the (white man’s) law is dangerously interpretive.

Local Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists fully understand what that means here in Columbus. BLM and their leftie allies are the violent terrorists in the eyes of the “patriots” of course, but for far too many local law enforcement officers and probably prosecutors and judges, as well.

ACLU Ohio wrote this on their Facebook wall, “a study by the Urban Institute that examined FBI crime data concluded that in states with ‘stand your ground’ laws, a white shooter is 350% more likely to have their homicide ruled ‘justified’ when the victim is black.”

“If you know you are not going to be liable, you are going to be more apt to use it,” says Hoover. “Right now, you have to faithfully (retreat), but it’s going to legalize the fact you don’t have to even consider any kind of duty to retreat.”

Hoover agrees the law is too obscure and open for interpretation.

“Anyone using lethal force can claim self-defense even if they could have retreated and prosecutors will then have to prove it wasn’t (lethal force),” she says. “Much will depend on who is judging.”

Bottom line, be careful when the Proud Boys come to town and they lust to play war against their perceived enemies.