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Is Texas Castle Doctrine in Jeopardy?

Is Texas Castle Doctrine in Jeopardy?

Despite President Obama's own support of Illinois' "Stand Your Ground" law in 2004, he now has Texas' "Castle Doctrine" and similar state self-defense laws in his cross-hairs since the George Zimmerman verdict.

"I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations, confrontations and tragedies we saw in the Florida case," the president told reporters Friday.

Texas native Natalie Foster heads a group called Girls Guide to Guns.  She believes the president needs to be called out on this issue.

"Their records need to be pointed out," Foster tells KTRH News.  "This administration in particular has been guilty of flip-flopping on whatever issue is expedient and for their gain."

The president's cabinet however, echoed his sentiments before the NAACP last week.

"It's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conduct in our neighborhoods," Attorney General Eric Holder told the convention.

Critics such as Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman argue the Texas self-defense law has resulted in year-over-year increases of justifiable homicides since it was expanded in 2007.

The Houston Democrat has tried repeatedly to re-write Texas' "Castle Doctrine," but failed each time.  Calls by KTRH News seeking comment were not returned.

Joe Horn spoke with KTRH:

Alice Tripp at the Texas State Rifle Association says currently, there is little if any support to re-write the law.

"Right now I think what we're hearing an awful lot of is people speaking generally and politically," says Tripp.  "Texas laws are specific, and I don't think they've been misused."

Pasadena resident Joe Horn killed two burglars who broke into his neighbor's house five years ago.  A grand jury failed to indict him. 

He says leave current law alone.

"The laws are here to protect regular citizens, they're not here to protect criminals," he said.  "My God, regular citizens need some help here."

 

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