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AUSTIN, TX- In something that probably belongs in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” a Democrat state representative from Texas has filed a bill which would amend the Texas “Castle Doctrine” law. And this one is a doozy.
The bill, filed by State Representative Terry Meza (D-Irving) as House Bill 196 would require a homeowner to retreat prior to using deadly force in defense of themselves or their property,” she tweeted. However, it goes further than that, according to Breitbart.
“I filed this bill because the castle doctrine as it currently exists emboldens people to take justice into their own hands,” she continued. “While theft is obviously wrong, we have laws to address that.”
My bill HB 196 and my position on the Texas Castle Doctrine has been misrepresented in the news as of late.
It does not repeal the Castle Doctrine, and it does not restrict homeowners from using firearms in self-defense as applicable to current Texas stand your ground laws. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/CfDFJZedY0
— Terry Meza (@TerryforTexas) November 19, 2020
One can imagine in a state such as Texas such a law would have a difficult time passing. And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is having none of it:
“The Castle Doctrine will not be reduced. We won’t force Texas homeowners to retreat,” Abbott tweeted. “Especially with the crazy ‘defund police’ ideas, homeowners need to protect themselves now more than ever. We will protect 2nd Amendment rights.”
Let me be clear.
The Castle Doctrine will not be reduced.
We won’t force Texas homeowners to retreat.
Especially with the crazy “defund police” ideas, homeowners need to protect themselves now more than ever.
We will protect 2nd Amendment rights. https://t.co/DgtxWE6y0S
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 9, 2020
Meza explained her position by tweeting:
“I don’t believe that stealing someone’s lawn ornament should be an offense punishable by death.”
One Twitter user clearly explained his opposition to Meza’s ill-conceived law.
— Gabe M. (@ratsmilk) December 9, 2020
In addition to the castle doctrine overhaul, Meza also filed other anti-gun bills on the opening day where bills could be pre-filed. She clearly must forget that she is in the state of Texas, not left-wing meccas like California or New York.
One of the bills, HB178 would prohibit the possession and transfer of a firearm magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.
“High-capacity magazines are largely unnecessary in regards to hunting and self-defense,” she wrote in a letter trying to explain her insane plans.
“If it takes you more than ten shots to hit the animal you’re hunting, you probably shouldn’t be hunting.”
Meza did not explain what her experience with either guns or hunting entailed.
Aside from the so-called “safe retreat” requirement before using deadly force, the bill would also remove two crimes during which a person could use deadly force—robbery and aggravated robbery.
It is unknown if the following is a parody of Meza’s ridiculous law, but honestly, knowing liberals would it surprise anyone if this is in fact legit and it’s what she’s really thinking?
“Under the new law, the homeowner’s obligation is to flee the home at the first sign of intrusion. If fleeing is not possible, he must cooperate with the intruder. But if violence breaks out it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure no one gets hurt. The best way to achieve this is to use the minimum non-lethal force possible because intruders will be able to sue for any injuries they receive at the hands of the homeowner.
“In most instances, the thief needs the money more than the homeowner does,” Meza reasoned. “The homeowner’s insurance [will] reimburse his losses. On balance, the transfer of property is likely to lead to a more equitable distribution of wealth. If my bill can help make this transfer a peaceful one, so much the better.”
As we said, is this last part satire or parody? Probably. But if you look at the wackjob wing of the Democrat party, the AOCs, Tlaib’s, Pressley’s and Omar’s, is it out of the realm of possibility that there are actually Democrats who feel this way?
The good news is Meza’s bill has two chances of becoming law in Texas—slim and none.
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Meanwhile, here’s a story we brought you last month about a new district attorney in Travis County, Texas who vows to bring all alleged police misconduct to a grand jury.
TRAVIS COUNTY, TX – With having secured an overwhelming majority of the votes within the race for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Democrat José Garza is presumed to be taking office this upcoming January.
And among his agenda when assuming office is bringing all alleged cases of police misconduct before a grand jury to seek possible indictments.
Travis County District Attorney-elect José Garza appeared on an interview on with a local news station on November 4th to discuss his positions when he reaches office.
When speaking about one of his top priorities, he mentioned that “one of the first cases” he wants put before a grand jury is that of the police-involved shooting of Mike Ramos:
“It’s one of the first cases that we will take a look at when I take office in January. My heart continues to break for the Ramos family that they have had to wait so long for justice.”
But it’s not just this one case that Garza is pushing to go before a grand jury. He’s aiming to have every allegation of police misconduct reviewed by grand juries:
“We’ve been clear throughout this campaign that we think our community needs to have the power to decide whether a law enforcement officer has engaged in misconduct.”
Outgoing district attorney Margaret Moore had originally intended for the Ramos case to go before a grand jury back in August of 2020, but after having lost the Democratic primary to Garza, she thought it best to wait for the outcome of the election to handle the matter.
When remarking on the relatively large margin by which Garza presumably defeated Republican Martin Harry for the position of the county DA (which was reportedly close to 70% of the ballots cast), Garza claims that Travis County voters have proverbially spoken on what they want from a DA:
“The voters in Travis County sent a clear and resounding message [on November 3rd]. They expect a criminal justice system that’s fair and equal for everyone — regardless of the color of their skin, how much income they have or their immigration status.
“That’s the system that we set out to build, one that meets the aspirations of our community.”
The case revolving around the Ramos shooting has been one of contention within the Austin area, which is the city where the police-involved shooting occurred back in April of 2020.
On April 24th at approximately 6:31 p.m., a 911 call came in regarding an incident within an apartment complex parking lot off of South Pleasant Valley Road in Austin.
The 911 caller had reported that two people inside of a gold and black Prius at the Rosemont at Oak Valley Apartments were reportedly using drugs and the male occupant had a firearm in their possession.
During the 911 call, the caller alleged that the male occupant was pointing the firearm toward the female occupant inside of the Prius.
When police arrived on the scene, they located the described vehicle from the 911 call and the man inside of the driver’s seat was later identified as Mike Ramos.
An exchange between officers on the scene and Ramos ensued, with officers instructing Ramos to get out of the vehicle with his hands up.
Officers repeatedly instructed Ramos to exit the vehicle with his hands up, which Ramos eventually did. Police then told Ramos to lift his shirt up and turn around in a circle, so as to see if Ramos had any weapons concealed in his waistband.
At this point, Ramos begins moving back toward the vehicle’s driver’s side door. When officers were telling Ramos to walk towards them, he instead opted to argue and remained next to the driver’s side door of the car.
After repeatedly refusing to comply with officers, an impact round was shot at Ramos. After getting hit, he jumped back into the car and started to drive off.
When Ramos was driving off, officers on the scene opened fire at the vehicle. The suspect later died at the hospital.
The controversy around the shooting itself is whether lethal force was justified in the moments officers opened fire when Ramos was attempting to flee the area.
Authorities say that no gun was ever recovered from Ramos or his vehicle after the fatal shooting.
We won’t know further details about this investigation until a grand jury reviews the evidence and determines if charges are warranted against any of the responding officers from that incident.
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