Attorney General Eric Holder strongly criticizes stand-your-ground laws

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  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    July 17, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    Ok, suppose Martin had succeeded in bashing Zimmermans brains out - then what? Would Holder even mention 'stand your ground'? This man Holder makes one ashamed.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 17, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    Going after the Hold-Your-Ground laws is obviously the next step of the extreme political left in it's ongoing battle against gun rights and to undo our 2nd Amendment rights. It lost in it's last legislative attempt and is now trying this tactic. Don't be fooled by these shenanigans.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    July 17, 2013 9:38 a.m.


    Ha ha-this group tell the truth? Ha ha!

    Unfortunately some of our low-information voter friends have to have the truth pointed out to them in the most obvious manner.

    All political, all the time.

  • Question Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 17, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    I guess illegally providing guns to drug lords that end up getting used against border patrol agents prevented more crime than it caused?

    The AG should "enforce" the law... not "make" the law. He's not a legislator. He should not be using his office to make/change laws states have legally enacted.

    He should "Enforce" the laws the legislature passes.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    July 17, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    Well said cjb

    I want to vomit reading what Holder said, which didn't even apply to the Zimmerman case. And for Holder, who has armed guards for him and his family, to say that the stand your ground law goes to far. I'd like to know if he would want his guards to use Zimmerman type force to protect him and his family, or allow an attack to escalate and harm him and his family. I agree with what Bill O'Reilly said about Holder last night. He is a political activist posing as the Attorney General who chooses the laws he wants to enforce and ignores the ones he doesn't like. The Administration is now going to use this case to go after these laws in several states as well as challange the 2nd Amendment again. I hope they try.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 17, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    “it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods."

    Campaign tactics that sow dangerous conflict on our neighborhoods are OK, though. Class warfare, race-baiting, etc., used deftly by the dems.

    “people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat”

    wait, is he Neville Chamberlain, or maybe French? how'd that work for them?

    Of course, those laws against supplying guns to drug lords are silly and should be abolished, same as those laws prohibiting black panthers from suppressing the white vote. And of course, our immigration laws CANNOT be enforced.

    Tell me eric, how could GZ retreat while Trayvon was pounding his head into the pavement?

    what a stretch you employed to defend holder. Pull any muscles?

    You expect honesty from this misadministration? Really??

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    Dear Eric Holder

    You have your guards with automatic machine guns for your round the clock protection. I have a police station 2 miles from my home and my gun. If your guards shoot someone threatening you, you will not be held legally liable. If I am forced to shoot someone threatening my life or threatening grave bodily injury, according to the law in my state, neither will I be held legally liable. [Assuming Utah doesn't cave into political pressure as Florida just did].

    You say you want to take away my legal protection to protect myself should it become necessary? With all due respect, can I ask that you first give up this protection for yourself?

    A good leader leads by example and doesn't ask others to do that which they wouldn't be willing to do themself. Put yourself at this legal risk first, then we will talk.

    respectfully yours


  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    July 16, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    George Zimmerman and his team didn't use the "Stand your ground" law for his defense.

    "Zimmerman Won't Use "Stand Your Ground" Defense" Slate, August 14, 2012 by Elizabeth Hewitt.

    Holder is the lowest of the low, to go before a group of people and lie, whipping them into a frenzy.

    Never let a crisis go to waste.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    July 16, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Stand your ground wasn't even argued during the trial. It was a simple case of whether it was self defense or not. Stand your ground wasn't even mentioned.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    These "leaders" like barack and holder are pathetic for taking sides in this Treyvon Martin issue.

    Barack should come right out and say "Zimmerman defended himself appropriately" since that is what the jury decided.

    Barack and Holder would not have taken the same position if Treyvon was white.

    And therefore that is racism.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    @Fred Vader
    The lesson from Fast and Furious is that our anti-trafficking laws are woefully inadequate practically preventing us from acting based on suspicion (because you know... gun rights).

  • Fred Vader Oklahoma City, OK
    July 16, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    "The attorney general said the country must take a hard look at laws that contribute to "more violence than they prevent.'"

    Does he mean like when the US Attorney General (i.e. himself) thinks that the laws allow him to dump a bunch of weapons over the boarder only to have criminals use them to kill US law enforcement officers and kidnap US citizens? Is that what he means? I'm guessing not.