Monday, August 07, 2006

Ruestman frontier justice law one of 15 NRA cookie-cutter laws across U.S.


Rep. Marilyn Ruestman's frontier justice bill, which gives people the right to blow away trespassers even if their lives are not threatened, is one of at least 15 cookie-cutter type bills passed in state legislatures across the United States.
While she was fighting for this bill, which has been signed into law by Governor Matt Blunt, she repeatedly talked about all of the people who came to her begging for the right to defend themselves. I was skeptical about it then, but it appears I was wrong.
I didn't realize, however, that all of these people who were pushing for the bill, like Ms. Ruestman, were National Rifle Association members. Apparently, this bill has been the big push for the NRA nationwide and has been a manufactured crisis rather than a legitimate one.
Ms. Ruestman is an NRA member, though she doesn't pay for her membership out of her own pocket. As I noted in the April 15 Turner Report, her dues were paid for by the people who donated to her campaign committee.

3 comments:

bio- joe said...

once again turner you have slanted a topic to fit your agenda.i support the right to defend my family and property from people that intend harm.i do not want to "blow someone away".all of my rural neighbors and family feel the same way that i do.none of these folks or myself are NRA members.we all feel the need to protect ourselves without fear of going to jail for stopping an criminal that has intentions of harming us or our property.

Randy said...

You have always had the right to protect your property and you have always had the right to bear arms. The cases of people who have had charges brought against them for defending their property are nearly non-existent. This is a manufactured issue. I am so tired of people talking about my agenda. If 15 states suddenly pass laws to correct a non-existent problem, I would suggest I am not the one who has the agenda.

bio- joe said...

if you dont have an agenda why are people always talking about it?yes,we have always had the right to defend our property and keep and bear arms.in the past if a property owner stood up for what belonged to him or her,and the criminal ended up shot the property owner was treated like a criminal.sure maybe they didnt have charges brought against them but they had to prove their innocence more than the criminal.this law will stop that type of treatment.i think this law pertains more toward rural citizens than to city dwellers.i live in eastern jasper county.law enforcement is non existent here.county deputies are on the west side of joplin or in joplin 90% of the time.we are on our own on the east side of the county.i applaud the passage of such laws and say we need more.you should live your life the way you see fit and let other people live the way they want to.i, along with many others now feel a little more at ease knowing the next time a criminal starts to come on my property and steal things i have worked for might think to himself"what does this man have waiting for me?"