MA gubernatorial debates turn to castle doctrine & gun laws
The transcript is here.
Interesting that the castle doctrine (or as Brady calls it, the "shoot first law") plays that well even in Boston.
It's interesting because the law in Massachusetts has made a complete turn, and did so about 1995. Up until that point (under a law enacted in the Mike Dukakis administration) we had what might be described as the exact opposite of castle doctrine: in the event of an intrusion, the home owner was obligated to flee the premises, and was only permitted to use self-defense if it could be proven that there was no possible means of escape. (For example: during an intrusion, you've barricaded yourself in a bedroom when intruder kicks in the door. You shoot. If you're on a first floor and could have gone out a window...bad for you. If you're on the 10th floor and would have plunged to your death...OK, grudgingly, you did all you could do.)
The absurdity of this finally sank in even to the legislature here, and the law was changed around 1995.
Ironically, most people in this state who are alarmed about the "shoot first" laws cropping up in other states don't realize that it's already in effect here.
Posted by: Rick at October 26, 2006 09:29 AM
If you really think this is playing well in Massachusetts then you should read "mAss Backwards" comments on these statements.
Posted by: mike at October 27, 2006 06:02 PM