Claiming the bill advanced a "shoot first, ask questions later mentality," Gov. Ed Rendell on Saturday vetoed legislation expanding self-defense protections.
The bill would have provided the same right to use lethal force in self-defense outside and inside the home.
The so-called castle doctrine in state law gives people the right to shoot an intruder in their home or office without retreat. The bill would have extended that protection to locations such as driveways, streets and parks if a person was confronted by an assailant intent on inflicting death or bodily injury.
It's no wonder gun owners like the castle doctrine so much. It fits right in with the don't-tread-on-me, these-are-my-rights mentality that most of them have. All this stems from insecurity and fear, naturally they need as much empowering as they can get.
Governor Rendell described it perfectly.
"The bill as passed encourages the use of deadly force, even when safe retreat is available, and advances a shoot first, ask questions later mentality," said Rendell, a former Philadelphia district attorney.What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.