We've written before (click here) about Rep. Keith Ellison (D-al Qaida), the racist, tax-cheating, anti-semite member of Congress who represents much of the Minneapolis area, and who recently asserted that the Germans attacked Pearl Harbor.
Yesterday he and a few of his fellow travelers in the House of Representatives announced that they will offer an amendment to the upcoming Commerce Department spending bill that would block grants to any state that has a "stand your ground" law on the books. Stand your ground laws say that people who are attacked have a right to defend themselves, including using deadly force if necessary, to fight off an attack.
"Standing his ground" appears to be the most likely scenario in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case in Florida. The more we learn about the case, the weight of the evidence suggests that Martin - not happy about the local neighborhood watch guy keeping an eye on him - attacked Zimmerman and was pounding Zimmerman's head into the pavement when Zimmerman reached for his gun and shot Martin.
The Washington Times reports that Ellison said his amendment was necessary because "In Florida alone, deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted."
As the fellows at Powerline observe, there's very little chance that there is any truth in Ellison's statistic. But if it IS accurate, why is that a bad thing? Ellison is so far left of the mainstream that he thinks it's a bad thing that people are able to legally defend themselves.
Apparently in Ellison's ideal world, criminals should always have the upper hand, and it's far better that they are able to assault/rob/rape/kill innocent people than it is for people to be able to defend themselves.
In a related story, recent crime statistics show that Ellison's home city of Minneapolis averages one murder every 11 days (32 murders in 2011), along with 1,600 robberies and 2,000 assaults per year. (Click here for the chart.) That makes folks living in Minneapolis about two and half times more likely than the average American to become a victim of violent crime. Looks as though Ellison's constituents could use a little help learning to stand their ground and less sermonizing from their congressman.