Amid all of the rest of the political mess that we Americans have been facing over the past few weeks, there are still plenty of the old challenges to deal with as well.
One of the most persistent and pervasive issues that we face as a nation is the erosion of the Second Amendment, which has not come in large, sweeping bursts, but rather in a nickel-and-dime fashion.
Now, one midwestern Governor has changed his mind, and is taking a stand for the right to bear arms.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reversed course on his veto warning Monday and signed a gun rights bill expanding the right to “stand your ground” into law.
The bill eliminates a duty to retreat before firing in self-defense at any place, including businesses, places of worship or protests. The state of Ohio previously allowed residents to “stand their ground” only in their homes or vehicles.
DeWine, a Republican, said he signed the GOP-backed bill with reservations in a “spirit of cooperation.”
“It is vital that law-abiding citizens have the right to legally protect themselves when confronted with a life-threatening situation,” DeWine said in a statement. “I am very disappointed, however, that the legislature did not include in this bill the essential provisions that I proposed to make it harder for dangerous criminals to illegally possess and use guns.”
Stand your ground laws have been at play in some highly controversial moments over the course of the last decade or so here in America, with many 2A proponents completely flabbergasted that homeowners could be prosecuted for protecting their private property from would-be ne’er-do-wells.
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