Wa State residents rise up against anti-self defense bill

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Mikael Thalen

Rep. Sherry Appleton from the 23rd district in Washington State pre-filed House Bill 1012 on Dec. 5th of last year to do away with the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

The Stand Your Ground law state’s that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first. This law is most notably seen when one is defending their home or property.

Opponents of Stand Your Ground believe it gives too much leeway and will lead to unnecessary violence. Supporters state that defending one’s self is a birth right and laws prohibiting so only cause more damage to law abiding citizens. They also point to studies showing that guns are used in defense of crime three-to-four times more often than they’re used in the commission of a crime.

When word of the bill got out, hundreds of Washington residents flooded Appleton’s office with emails and phone calls, demanding the bill be removed. Appleton’s office, overwhelmed with the response, decided to back off from the bill, at least for now.

Reports indicate that Appleton’s lawyers will reword the bill and then re-submit it next session, which has citizens and local Representatives keeping close watch.

“I think it’s to early to say the bill has been defeated. The 2013 session has not yet began and a lot can happen between now and the end of April. I do think the public outcry against the proposed legislation demonstrates that citizens are watching Olympia closely and are willing to take a stand,” said Rep. David Taylor of the 15th district.

Rep. Matt Shea of the 4th district noted, “This is a perfect example of grassroots activism at its finest. The right to bear arms in defense of one’s self is enshrined in Article 1, Section 24 of our State Constitution. We must be ever vigilant to protect our natural born rights as Americans.”

Representatives Jason Overstreet and Carry Condotta from the 42nd and 12th district were also noted as bringing light to the issue as well as many of Washington’s Open Carry activists.

If you would like to reach Rep. Sherry Appleton with your comments or concerns regarding the bill:

LEG 132F
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7934
Email: appleton.sherry@leg.wa.gov
Website: http://housedemocrats.wa.gov/roster/rep-sherry-appleton/

This article first appeared at The Examiner HERE

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  • Ash

    I live in WA State. My neighbors have been robbed twice in the blast year. Another neighbor who lives near me has been robbed four times despite having an alarm system. Within 2 miles of my house there was a home invasion a few months ago with three black men who duct taped and pistol whipped a woman in the middle of the day and ransacked her house while her two year old played in the next room.

    I will not give up my guns. I need them because the police are always minutes away when seconds count. I’d rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.

  • Jean

    Maybe it’s time for some patriot to slit a throat and raise the black flag?
    Obviously they aren’t getting the “PEACEFUL redress of grievances” message, so someone like me will have to step up and make a more object lesson.


    • Anonymous

      Watch what you say, “BIG BRO” is watching. You dont want a suprise visit from the government. Even if you are just blowing off steam.

    • SKIP

      That time is coming, read “Turner Diaries”

  • slugs

    Honestly, I don’t these career politicians get that they have security and power that us little guys don’t have, yet they see it fit to remove our right to defense and liberty.

    I used to live in Lake Forest Park, and while I was .68 miles from the police station, since they were always doing at least 2-3 speed traps, response time when we called them was over 35 minutes. It’s a five minute stroll-

    Yet somehow a group who is there to collect evidence and arrest criminals so they can be brought to trial is there to protect us? Oh wait, the SCOTUS says they’re not.

  • TheBgcheez

    I am also in WA. State and just east of me Meth heads are breaking into homes daily. I will not relinquish my weapons to any person! I will take my chances in front of a jury of 12!


    I tell you this much, I will NEVER call the police for ANYTHING! The police are one of the worst of tyrants, doing the dirty work the the elite. They are the liberty lovers enemy, not our protectors. They violate the Constitution every single day. People say, “Well there’s good cops, and bad cops.” No. They ALL violate the constitution! innocent people are killed, beaten, threatened, and arrested with no warrant every single day! When the people rise up to fight for their.freedom, who do you think will be shooting at us first? Not the military, the police.