Citizen in Alabama shoots, kills man who was herding customers in a dollar store into a back room at gunpoint.
It seems like a no-brainer, right? Man with a gun is herding innocent third parties into a back room like a bunch of cattle.
Well, in Alabama it is. Alabama has a “stand your ground” law, which says a law-abiding citizen has no “duty to retreat” when facing a lethal threat.
Minnesota, of course, has no such law. If the same episode happened in Minnesota, what would happen?
That would depend entirely on the vicissitudes of the county attorney. In Pennington County, the county attorney would likely buy the citizen a drink. In Dakota County, Jim Backstrom – who has a long history of lying about law-abiding citizens and their right to self defense – would likely find any excuse he could to file charges.
What does it say about our legal system when a persons’ freedom, life, liberty and exercise of their Constitutional rights is governed entirely by the whims, prejudices and bigotries of partisan hacks living in sinecures?