As Chair of the Houston County Democratic Committee, I have three primary responsibilities:
Recruit & Elect Democrats
Educate Voters & Increase voter turnout
Advocate for Democratic Values, Issues, & Policy Solutions
The first task is challenging, but we are making strides. Our Committee does an excellent job of educating voters through the many forums and events we host, as well as through social media. And, we have increased Democratic turnout in Houston County over the last three cycles, although there is always room for improvement. In our advocacy efforts, the Republican legislature has provided so many issues over the last few years, that we hardly knew where to begin, but our Committee chose to advocate for the REPEAL or REFORM of GA’s Stand Your Ground Law.
Most everyone in America is familiar with the Stand Your Ground Law, thanks to the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin. This GA Stand Your Ground Law is DANGEROUS–and now that GA Republicans have passed the “Guns Everywhere” bill, citizens have been handed a “recipe for unnecessary killing.”
The Stand Your Ground Law does five major things:
Removed duty to retreat
Created a presumption of “reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm”
Expanded the protection of the “castle doctrine” to guests and temporary residences.
Provided immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action.
Established a prohibition against arresting an individual for the use of such force, unless there is probable cause that the use of force was unlawful.
ON THE MAY 20, 2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT, VOTE YES TO:
Question #6REPEAL GA Stand Your Ground
Should the Georgia Legislature repeal the GA Stand Your Ground Law (O.C.G.A. 16-3-23.1) and return to the settled common law on self-defense?
Question #7REFORM GA Stand Your Ground
If the Georgia Legislature elects not to repeal the GA Stand Your Ground Law (O.C.G.A. 16-3-23.1), should the Legislature amend the current law to remove ambiguity and restore the duty to retreat outside of one’s home or place of business?
The Republican House Majority Leader lives right here in Houston County–he sets the agenda for the Republican legislature, and he has an obligation to listen to ALL of his constituents. Your YES vote on Tuesday May 20, 2014 will send a resounding message that we want a committee hearing and a vote on legislation to END GA’s STAND YOUR GROUND LAW!