When North Dakota tried to pass a bill like this local liberals sneered at it, calling it the “Shoot Your Neighbor Act,” and law enforcement refused to support it. But Michigan has had this bill for a year now, and it seems to be working just fine for them.
Michigan’s self-defense act will be a year old Monday. The law allows people to use deadly force, with no duty to retreat, if they reasonably think they face imminent death, great bodily harm or sexual assault. They can use deadly force anywhere they have a legal right to be.
The legislation, promoted by gun-rights activists, clarified when a person can use deadly force in self-defense during break-ins, carjackings and other potentially violent crimes — even in incidents away from the person’s home.
Such was apparently the case Thursday night in Detroit.
One week after a fatal carjacking in Hamtramck, an 18-year-old would-be carjacker was killed when his potential victim opened fire. Police said Michael Evans of Detroit brandished a handgun as he approached a 36-year-old man from Troy as he got into his vehicle after having dinner with friends. The Troy man used his registered handgun to shoot Evans in apparent self-defense.
The shooting, which occurred in front of Detroit Police headquarters at 1300 Beaubien, remains under investigation, but prosecutors likely won’t charge the unidentified Troy man if his version of events checks out.
At some point liberal gun control nuts are just going to have to realize that trusting in the people isn’t a bad thing. Our government was founded upon that principle, as well as the idea that the people should be dependent upon themselves for as much as possible up to and including self defense.
Being dependent upon the government for self defense is every bit as bad as depending on the government for housing, health care or (given the state of our ag subsidy programs) food. From dependency comes control, and none of us should want to be controlled by government.