State Bill 128, commonly known as Burden of Proof, is sitting on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s desk awaiting his signature. The measure would restore the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof back on the state, where it belongs.
SB 128 is common-sense legislation, which mean, of course, that liberals are vehemently opposed to the bill. “Getting away with murder in Florida could soon be easier,” blared one headline. “Will make communities less safe,” declared another. Meanwhile, anti-gun organizations have been lobbying hard to get Scott to veto the bill.
The truth is, this legislation was introduced by Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Bobby Payne after a road rage incident left an innocent citizen facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm after pulling a gun in self-defense. Should Gov. Scott sign the bill, Florida would become the first to place the burden of proof on the state in Stand Your Ground self-defense cases.
Use Your Power!
You can help by contacting Gov. Scott and urging him to sign the SB 128 Burden of Proof bill today. Contact him byclicking here.
Author Slams Elite Media Ignorance About Guns
It’s not hard to see how ignorant many in the so-called “mainstream” media are about all things pertaining to guns and gun owners.
Now the frustration of that fact is being voiced by popular author Stephen Hunter. Hunter, a former Baltimore Sun and Washington Post reporter, created the character of former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, now at the center of the popular USA Network series, “Shooter.”
“Among the elite media, there’s more gun ignorance, more gun stupidity, more gun hysteria, more gun ‘screwballness’ than ever,” Hunter was quoted as saying at libertyparkpress.com. “To some degree that’s counteracted by the fact that given the democratic reality of the internet, there are far more voices than there once were.”
Truer words were never spoken. But is anyone out there in the “mainstream” media even listening?
Kansas Anti-Gun Legislation Goes Back To House
A pointless bill targeting law-abiding gun owners has passed in the Kansas Senate by a 24-16 vote. HB 2278 would make it illegal to carry a self-defense firearm into a state or municipal-owned medical care facility, including the Kansas University Hospital. It would also outlaw carry in community health centers and state or municipal-owned adult care homes.
This measure would leave law-abiding citizens disarmed and at the mercy of criminals in places like dimly lit parking garages. But perhaps even more dangerous is the fact that it would risk making criminals out of legal gun owners at a time when they are at their most vulnerable—when they or a loved one are in need of emergency health care or elder care.
Use Your Power!
The bill will now head back to the Kansas House for a concurrence vote. It’s very important that you contact your state representative and Gov. Sam Brownback today and tell them that this bill will do nothing to stop crime, but would only target law-abiding gun owners. You can reach Gov. Brownback by calling (785) 296-3232, and you can write your representative byclicking here.
According to a report at geelongadvertiser.com, police say a January leak of 9,000 gun owners’ personal information isn’t to blame for recent thefts. But some gun owners who have had their firearms stolen aren’t buying it.
The newspaper reported that Modewarre farmer and gun collector Ross Matthews had $30,000 worth of guns stolen from his property, and expressed concern that his details were passed on to thieves who cased his farm and later robbed him. The gun collector said his neighbors had also been hit—with some having up to 13 firearms registered, the majority shotguns.
Two Alabama Intruders Turned Away By Armed Homeowner
Two robbers recently broke into a Mobile, Ala., apartment, kicked in the bedroom door, and surprised the residents. And the suspects were in turn surprised to find one of the inhabitants holding a gun.
Police in Mobile told FOX-10 that two intruders—31-year-old James Key and 26-year-old Tony Daniel Baggett—forced their way into an apartment, only to find the homeowner was armed and ready. After Key was shot in the head and shoulder, both suspects bolted from the residence. The criminals were apprehended a short time later in the woods near the complex, and Key was taken to the hospital with “life-threatening injuries.”