Del. Pat McDonough plans to introduce a form of “ stand your ground ” legislation during the 2014 Maryland General Assembly, the conservative Maryland lawmaker announced in a release.
“The state of Maryland has the 'duty to retreat" law.,' McDonough cited in a release. A substantial minority of states have laws imposing the duty to retreat. A 'duty to treat' [sic] means that you are not allowed to resort to deadly force or self-defense if it is possible to safely avoid the risk of harm or death. In my opinion, the duty to retreat is the weakest form of protection for crime victims and their families.”
Stand your ground laws have been under the microscope nationally following a Florida jury’s acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
McDonough acknowledged that passing a “stand your ground” law would be a mounting task in a Democratically-controlled state.
“The reputation of the House Judiciary Committee regarding stonewalling good legislation promoting public safety is well-known,” McDonough said in a statement. “This panel, heavily loaded with criminal defense lawyers, abolished capital punishment and passed an unconstitutional gun control law.”
In 2012, McDonough made headlines for not toning down his rhetoric, claiming Baltimore was being “terrorized” by “ mobs of black youths .” He again pointed “youth mobs” in his statements made Thursday.
“Roving youth mobs in Baltimore's Harbor area and usually safe neighborhoods, like Little Italy, are becoming common place,” he said.
Little Italy meanwhile is looking into hiring private security following a spate of assaults and robberies .
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