tim bledsoe http://michiganradio.org en Does Michigan's 'stand your ground' law promote violence? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-michigans-stand-your-ground-law-promote-violence <p>Florida caught lots of attention after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen. On trial for the killing is George Zimmerman who claims he acted under Florida&rsquo;s &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; law.</p><p>Michigan is among several states with laws similar to Florida&rsquo;s. Michigan&rsquo;s &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; law was revised in 2006 by bipartisan majorities in the legislature. It was signed into law by Jennifer Granholm, who was the Democratic governor at the time.</p><p>Now, more than a dozen Democratic Michigan House members have <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/mich-dems-seek-repeal-stand-your-ground-laws">introduced legislation to repeal the law</a>.</p><p>Democratic Representative Tim Bledsoe sponsored <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28bczk03rdzuhrhjvvhsgt5hq4%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=BillStatus&amp;objectname=2012-HB-5644">House Bill 5644</a>. &ldquo;I think the Trayvon Martin case really showed us the problem with having a law like &ldquo;stand your ground,&quot; he said.</p><p>According to Bledsoe, Michigan has another self-defense law called the Castle Doctrine, which states that a person has the right to defend themselves, their family and their property in their home.</p><p>&ldquo;Our effort to repeal the &quot;stand your ground&quot; law does not in any way affect the Castle Doctrine. But what we are seeing is that, if you are in a public place, and you are in a confrontation, and there is this opportunity for you to retreat, you must take advantage of that opportunity to retreat,&rdquo; said Bledsoe.</p><p>The Democratic representative said although he has not identified any case in Michigan where the &quot;stand your ground&quot; law has been used in self defense, he said &quot;We see this more in terms of acting in a preemptive way to try to avoid situations like the Trayvon Martin case here in Michigan.&quot;</p><p>Rep. Bledsoe said he and others will continue to seek out public support to pressure legislators to repeal the law.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 21:16:30 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7570 at http://michiganradio.org Does Michigan's 'stand your ground' law promote violence? Should Michigan ban pit bulls? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-michigan-ban-pit-bulls <p>A&nbsp;metro-Detroit lawmaker has proposed a statewide ban on pit bulls.</p><p>The measure sponsored by <a href="http://001.housedems.com/">Representative Timothy Bledsoe</a>&nbsp;would make it illegal to own a pit bull in Michigan by 2021. He says he was approached about the measure by a woman from his district whose niece was mauled by a pit bull.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 20:22:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 2834 at http://michiganradio.org Should Michigan ban pit bulls?