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Re: “Stand your ground” law and the Oro Valley road-rage shooting verdict.
If I am yelling at you because you cut me off and nearly caused an accident, then somehow you think your life is in danger and you have the right to not only pull a gun on me, but to kill me? This is wrong.
These laws need to be changed. Don’t wag your finger at someone — they may mistake it for a gun and pull theirs and shoot you.
Dot Lundy Smith
Very sad the way this turned out, but not having “stand your ground” would be worse than having it. People need to be able to protect themselves.
It’s a bad law and a bad jury. I’m tired of the NRA and ALEC telling everyone how to live their lives. Owning and using a gun is a huge responsibility, and our laws should follow suit.
Re: Arizona Senate OKs killing of endangered wolves.
I’m not saying it’s completely justified to shoot these animals. Trust me, I’m not for that. But being from a ranching lifestyle and raising cattle, that is our livelihood. These wolves kill our livelihood and are taking food off the table and clothes off our back.
Why are we introducing an animal just to be able to kill it? I get it that they want to protect their own animals but that’s why you set up fences and avoid killing an endangered animal.
They were here first. We are all living on stolen land. They have 10 times more rights to the land than we do. Shame.
It’s not about sport. These ranchers are losing livestock every day. There is no other way to stop these wolves. They should have never been reintroduced.
OK, let’s put bighorn sheep in where their primary predator lives and wonder why they’re getting eaten. Now allow ranchers to kill endangered wolves. Sometimes this state embarrasses me.