To: The Reverend Nancy Nord Bence
From: Mitch Berg, Irascible Peasant
Re: Think. Think Really Really Hard
Rev. Nord Bence,
Over the weekend, you posted this on “Protect” MN’s Facebook page:
Over the years, I’ve pointed out – with absolute accuracy – that you have never made a single statement about guns, gun owners, gun history, gun laws, the 2nd Amendment or gun crime that was simultaneously substantial, original and true.
Here’s the good news: your claims above are substantial, and, er, “original”. But they are howlers.
Run Awaaaaaaay: First – you say “police in Minnesota can already use the Stand Your Ground defense”.
Well, yeah. That’s right. The police don’t have a “duty to retreat” when doing their jobs. Unlike civilians, they are supposed to run toward trouble.
They don’t have “Stand your Ground”. They have “Qualified Immunity” – not only no obligation to try to retreat, but a mulligan for mistakes made in generally good faith in the line of duty.
Question for you, “Reverend” Nord Bence: Would you prefer that police also be required to run away from criminals?
Shoot Off Your Unqualified Mouth First, As Questions Later: Next comes the notion that self-defense reform would give citizens “the same right to shoot first and ask questions later” that cops “have”.
Nope. It merely means that citizens don’t have to convince a county attorney that they tried hard enough to run away from a threat (that was otherwise a reasonable threat of death or grave injury), provided you were anyplace you had a legal reason to be.
It’s not a license to kill.
And I suspect you know that – and are lying anyway, to logroll the gullible dolts who take you seriously.
Either that or you are a deeply, deeply stupid person.
My money says “both”.
That is all.