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Monday, July 22, 2013

Two-Faced Obama Favors Strengthening 'Stand Your Ground' Laws (Video)

By Susan Duclos

An example of a politician being for something before it was politically convenient to be against it, comes directly from Barack Obama.

Recently Barack Obama gave yet another racially divisive speech in which he suggested that  "stand your ground" laws should be examined, stating "I know that there's been commentary about the fact that stand your ground laws in Florida were not used as a defense of the case. On the other hand, if we're sending a message as a society in our communities  that someone who is armed has a right to use those firearms even if there's a way for them to exit from the situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of  peace and security and order that we'd like to see?"

That is a far cry from 2004, when the then-Senator Obama not only favored stand your ground laws, but co-sponsored  bill (SB 2386) which strengthened the 1961 stand your ground law in Illinois, by shielding the person who was attacked from being sued in civil court by perpetrators or their estates when a "stand your ground" defense is used in protecting his or her person, dwelling or other property.

Record of Obama co-sponsoring SB 2386 | Source: Illinois General Assembly

Roll call of SB 2386 | Source: Illinois General Assembly

That bill was  passed on March 25, 2004 and went on to be signed into law.

 Just another example of Obama speaking out of both sides of his mouth, depending on his chosen audience.

So when we listen to Obama's recent race speech, keeping in mind the information that he not only truly favors stand your ground laws, but given his own co-sponsored legislation in Illinois, we once again see a perfect example of the term "two-faced."