Wednesday, March 6, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus says South Carolina's "stand your ground" law is wrong and should be repealed.
Democratic Rep. Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg said Thursday the government should not tell people to confront force with force, rather than just walk away. His bill would delete from state law residents' right to use deadly force to defend themselves wherever they are, as long as they are there legally.
Sixteen other caucus members have signed on to the bill he introduced last week. They say repealing the law enacted in 2006 would make citizens safer.
Those disagreeing include fellow caucus member and House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, an attorney who has argued that defense.
Rutherford says people instinctively believe they can defend themselves, and the law guarantees that.