Indiana To Cops: You're Not SpecialSubmitted by Marc Clair on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 11:54
Every once in a while I’m pleasantly surprised by an act of government, with recent examples including Virginia’s attempt to nullify the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA and the federal government allowing airports to opt out of using TSA security. Last week brought another one of these rare surprises, as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill allowing citizens to use deadly force against police officers they believe are entering their home illegally. Much of the response to the passage of this law has been over-the-top, if not predictable.
From the Evansville Courier & Press:
Groups such as the Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement organizations had lobbied against the measure. Rep. Linda Lawson, the No. 2-ranking House Democrat and a former police officer, said it will create “open season on law enforcement.”
From Stephen D. Foster, Jr at AddictingInfo.org:
“This law is basically a loophole for citizens to kill police officers and claim self-defense…and will ultimately lead to the legal murder of police officers who are just trying to do their job”.
And so on and so forth. The anti self-defense crowd is acting as if this bill is handing out hunting licenses for people to go around shooting cops willy nilly with no repercussions. In reality, the only thing that this bill does is reaffirm what John Locke called the “first law of nature”: the right of self-defense. Self-defense is the only morally justifiable use of force against another human being, and it is generally accepted in today’s society that people do have the right to defend themselves against violence initiated by others.
The right to defend oneself is consistent for all people and applies to all equally. It’s a fairly simple concept that shouldn’t require the passage of any sort of special bill to define. In Indiana however, the bill was necessary in order to overturn an Indiana State Supreme Court ruling that citizens did not have the right to use deadly force against police officers even if they believed that the officer was illegally attempting to enter their home. It’s good to see a state legislature doing what it’s meant to do – standing up for the rights of the people that they are elected to represent, and not giving carte blanche to the state and its’ agents to do whatever they please without repercussions.