We the undersigned oppose HB 67.
This bill to change the definition of when a person may claim "self-defense" is a travesty of justice. The bill sponsored by Delegate Conaway says..
A PERSON CHARGED WITH A CRIME UNDER THIS ARTICLE MAY ASSERT THE DEFENSE OF SELF–DEFENSE ONLY IF THE PERSON, WHEN ATTACKED:
(1) DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO RETREAT OR ESCAPE THE DANGER; OR
(2) COULD NOT RETREAT OR ESCAPE THE DANGER WHILE MAINTAINING THE PERSON’S SAFETY
This means that if a person walks in on burglars robbing their house or apartment they cannot protect their own property or the people who may be trapped inside. This means that we are forced to wait for local law enforcement when we see danger. We are not allowed to protect ourselves or our families.
Do you know what the average response time is in your area? According to American Police Beat, the average response time for an emergency call is 10 minutes. The Department of Justice, with their statistical prowess, reports that the best response time is 4 minutes and the worst over 1 hour. Interpretation? If you live in an upper income area you probably are privy to the 4 minute response time, while middle to rural areas will see a much longer response time.
Now here is where things get interesting. Even though the Department of Justice determined that the average police response time to a 911 call is 4 minutes, the average interaction time between a criminal and his victim is 90 seconds.
That translates to you being robbed/injured/maimed/raped/murdered and waiting for an additional 2 and a half minutes for the police to arrive. The truth of the matter is that the police will almost always arrive AFTER the crime has happened and the criminal has gone.
This is a bill that helps the criminal not the victim.
Maryland Citizen Action Network
This petition closed over 2 years ago
It will keep innocent victims from being sent to jail under false pretenses.