Obama Championed Expansion of Ill. Stand Your Ground Law

Monday, 29 Jul 2013 10:28 AM

By Michael Reagan

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Using a technique pioneered by former Sen. John Kerry, President Obama was actually for ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws before he was against them. As the National Review’s John Fund discovered, in 2004 Obama didn’t just vote for — he co–sponsored — S.B. 2386 that actually expanded Illinois’ ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

Democrats — who controlled both houses in the legislature — had no problem with Obama’s law or the concept of self–defense. His bill was passed unanimously by the state senate and with only two votes against in the state house.

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But that was then, this is now and in his Trayvon Martin speech last week Obama was definitely against the same type of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law he co–sponsored in Illinois.

In the George Zimmerman trial ‘Stand Your Ground’ was a legal defense that didn’t apply, wasn’t used and was basically irrelevant — which puts it in the same category as many of Obama’s pet issues — yet the president made ‘Stand Your Ground’ a central part of his speech.

He asked if ‘Stand Your Ground’ is “really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we'd like to see?” They certainly thought so in Illinois. That’s because repealing ‘Stand Your Ground’ changes the emphasis from the attacker who caused the confrontation to the victim who was attacked.

It’s just a small step down the slope from that mindset to evaluating the clothing of a rape victim to see if her attire contributed to the attack.

The president then proposed a hypothetical, “if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?”

Oh, that’s a tough one.

Let’s see, Zimmerman didn’t sucker punch Martin. He didn’t slam his head into the sidewalk. And he didn’t tell Martin he was going to die. So if Trayvon just up and shot Zimmerman it would be murder.

More so if Martin shot Zimmerman while he was sitting in his car.

So Obama’s hypothetical doesn’t make sense, unless he’s trying to manufacture outrage in the black community so his political base will still be angry enough to vote in November 2014. If he can keep the fire going under the racial outrage pot long enough, he can boost black turnout in the off–year election.

What’s a little hypocrisy and racial agitation among friends if it keeps Harry Reid in charge of the Senate and returns Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker’s chair in the House?

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and Chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is a in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.

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