Payne: Granholm was for stand-your-ground before she was against it

Posted by hpayne on April 20, 2012

From under a hoodie, ex-Governor Jennifer Granholm has been outspoken on the need for “justice” in the Trayvon Martin killing, including attacking the NRA for pushing Florida’s so-called “stand-your-ground” law that allegedly encourages folks like George Zimmerman to wield a gun when threatened.

Left unmentioned in Granholm’s attack, however, is that she herself was an NRA-supported advocate for passing Michigan’s own stand-your-ground law in 2006.

“Tonight on ‘The War Room’ we’ll examine . . . the National Rifle Association’s push for self-defense laws that have allowed Trayvon Martin’s killer to go unpunished,” previewed the March 29 website of her Current TV program, “The War Room.”

In one of two segments on the stand-your-ground issue and gun rights run amok, Granholm guest, Joseph Marshall, an activist and radio host, exclaimed “that’s a bad law.”

“Of course,” replied Granholm.

But in 2006, the¬†NRA applauded¬†Granholm for passing a stand-your-ground law (also known as a “castle doctrine”) as governor of Michigan.

“Today Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law a package of six self-defense bills backed by the National Rifle Association, bringing ‘Castle Doctrine’ protections to law-abiding Michigan citizens,” read the NRA press release.

“I want to thank the Michigan Legislature and Governor Jennifer Granholm for working together in making this victims’ rights bill into law,” said Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist. “When you’re confronted by a criminal, you don’t have the luxury of time. This Castle Doctrine package states that if victims choose to stand their ground and fight, their decision will not be second-guessed by the State of Michigan.”

Granholm’s Michigan joined Florida, Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, and others states, reports Awr Hawkins at Big, “where governors and state legislators have tried to restore the people’s right to use a gun to defend their own lives and the lives of their families. . . . It is the height of hypocrisy for her to talk and act otherwise now.”

We look forward to the next edition of “The War Room” in which talk show host Jennifer Granholm and her guest, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, debate the issue.


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