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Repeal Stand Your Ground Laws Now

By Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon

Just a couple of days ago, columnist E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post wrote a good article calling for the repeal of so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws. He noted that these laws don’t deter burglary, assault, or other crimes, but they instead lead to more murders and manslaughters because they shift the balance of power on the street to those with guns. They should instead be called “Shoot First” laws.…