Ohio set to pass "Castle Doctrine"

An editorial on the topic can be seen here:

Both houses of the Ohio General Assembly have passed a “Castle Doctrine” bill similar to those in place in many states. Gov. Ted Strickland, who supported the measure, is expected to sign the bill into law.

Opponents of the bill had warned that it could grant criminals licenses to kill in some situations. Their criticism sounded much like that voiced over another measure, the so-called “concealed carry” law, enacted four years ago.

But that law, fine-tuned to some extent by the new bill, did not result in the havoc that critics predicted. They had warned that the “concealed carry” law would make it easier for criminals to carry guns and to use them against police officers. But during the four years the law has been in existence, we have heard of few problems relating to it.

The same will be true of the “Castle Doctrine,” we believe. It merely codifies what many Buckeye State residents probably believed was the law anyway — that Ohioans have a right to kill attackers in self-defense, or in defense of their homes. Current law actually requires that those facing such attackers must “retreat” before responding with deadly force.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Hawaii already has a "Castle Doctrine" law on the books. My house is surrounded by a 6-foot-high wall. I would never be able to get my wife over that wall. RETREAT will never be an option for me anyway. So I'm glad it's legal for me to set-up my "fort" in the bathroom and defend my family and myself. It's about time that Ohio people had that common-sense option also.

6/11/2008 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The genesis of the current corruption of the voter rolls is the Help America Vote Act. It is that national law that effectively eliminated state controls on the registration process and permitted the flooding of voter rolls with fraudulent applications. The problem is national.

6/11/2008 5:45 PM  

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