Indiana has strengthened its Stand Your Ground Laws.
Eagle Country reports that House Enrolled Act 1284, colloquially known as “Kystie’s Law”, was signed into law on April 26, 2019 at the NRA national convention.
This bill was authored by State Representative Jim Lucas and was named in honor of Kystie Phillips, an Ohio County resident who fatally shot a man who was attacking an Indiana Conservation Officer.
Phillips faced a wrongful death lawsuit from the assailant’s family. The family suing Phillips eventually dropped the lawsuit this past January.
Phillips testified before House and Senate committees about her riveting experience and her support for this law. HEA 1284 made it out of the House on a 64-17 vote and was then passed in the Senate on a 37-7 vote.
At the NRA national convention in Indianapolis, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed the Stand You’re Ground bill into law.
Holcomb said, “If you’ll permit me to brag a little bit about our state, I’ll tell you that there’s simply no place more friendly and more supportive of the Second Amendment than right here on Hoosier soil.”
This law requires judges to award defendants attorney’s fees if they determine that a lawsuit was unjustly filed against a defendant. This is designed to keep defendants who used a firearm in self-defense from being put in financial ruin.
Gun control groups like Moms Demand Action claim that this law protects people from accountability, attacks the civil justice system, and incentivizes vigilantism.
For gun control groups, seeing a solidly pro-gun state like Indiana continue expanding gun rights is always bad news.
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Will Italy Exit the EU Because of its Lackluster Response to the Wuhan Flu?
Affar Italiani reports that leader of the Italian political party League and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini recently announced a possible withdrawal of Italy from the European Union due to its sluggish response to the Wuhan Virus.
“This is crazy. Europe needs another fifteen days to decide what to do, whether to help, whom and how. In the midst of an emergency when people die, now from pneumonia, tomorrow, possibly from poverty,” the politician stated
Salvini cited Italy’s confrontation with the EU over aid to fight against the Wuhan virus and the refusal of Germany and other Northern European countries to help Italy as reasons for the southern European country leaving the EU and the eurozone.
“This is a den of snakes and jackals. First we defeat the virus, then remember Europe. And, if necessary, we say goodbye. Without even thanking,” the former Minister of Internal Affairs asserted.
The EU used to serve a purpose as a common market for European members states and a cohesive political unit the prevented fratricidal wars between European states.
It could also serve as a civilizational defense bloc against the potential hordes of African and Islamic migrants that will continue coming into the region thanks to its lax border policies and the demographic realities in these regions — booming populations which many of these Third World countries cannot accommodate.
Salvini has every reason to be concerned.
If the EU cannot fulfill the most basic of government functions — protecting its members — Italy should leave and craft its own strategic regional bloc with countries that are serious about protecting their national sovereignty.
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