"Shoot First Ask Questions Later"
There are a number of States that have what most people call the "Castle Law" and Oregon is one of them. What happened to Trayvon Martin could and will happen here in Portland.
I was watching the MSM and they were reporting on the shooting of Trayvon Martin and I watched in horror as they put up a map of all the states that had the law that says you don't have to retreat if you feel threatened. You don't have to retreat even if you could, you can take action and kill whoever is threatening you. The problem here is that it is your word against the dead guy/woman. We hear calls for the arrest of George Zimmerman and I agree he should have been arrested on the site of the shooting and there should have been an investigation to collect evidence of what happened. But the conviction of Zimmerman is not going to be easy. We have seen time and again police officers walk away from what many of us see as murder. The governor in Oregon must call for a review of our castle law and modify or remove it from our state laws. We will suffer the same insanity if we don't act. I believe once again we are looking at the wrong issue. The Castle Laws are the problem and we must have a champion in our state government who will review our laws concerning deadly force. Safeguards must be put in for both the victim of the shooting and the person doing the act to insure that we have a reasonable standard when faced with the death of a human being.
(decision by Oregon's Supreme Court 2007)
When this story is off the front pages and we have moved on to the next story, will we have learned anything? Will Oregon demand we get rid of our Castle Law?