Friday, June 22, 2007
A challenge to Castle Doctrine supporters: Show me the lawsuits
Ever since Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, filed her Castle Doctrine (Frontier Justice) bill, which will soon be signed into law by Governor Matt Blunt, she and other supporters have claimed that it will keep Missourians who use weapons to defend their lives and their property from having to face lawsuits.
Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, who filed the bill on the Senate side, made the same claim, but told Dave Catanese of KY3 Political Blog that there had been no such lawsuits in southwest Missouri. At each and every such claim, I have challenged the bill's supporters to point out one such lawsuit anywhere in this state. So far no one has done so.
The simple fact is the Castle Doctrine bills are the latest flavor of the month for the National Rifle Association and Marilyn Ruestman, who uses her campaign funds to pay her NRA dues to perfectly willing to go along, even to the extent of claiming that she has had constituents clamoring for this bill. (I would also challenge any constituent who went to Ms. Ruestman before she filed this bill, saying it was necessary to come forward now, if for no other reason than to stop me from saying I don't believe any such constituents exist.)
In the Wednesday Lamar Democrat, Rep. Ed Emery perpetuates this myth about lawsuits:
"Property owners will no longer have to face the agonizing fate of some Missourians who have been subjected to lawsuits for simply defending their property."
I will repeat my challenge. Show me the lawsuits!