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Rep. Matt Gaetz introduces 'National Stand Your Ground Act'

From WEAR - December 13, 2021

Congressman Matt Gaetz, in collaboration with other U.S. House Representatives, introduced an act Monday that states that a person has the right to return fire when under the impression that their life is in danger.

Gaetz calls the act the "National Stand Your Ground Act," saying, "This bill will codify Florida’s 'Stand Your Ground' law at the federal level, abolishing the duty of retreat when attacked."

The act's introduction comes after the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges involved in the Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting, where he shot three people -- two of which died from their wounds.

"Like Kyle Rittenhouse, every American has the right to defend their life from an attacker," Gaetz said in a release. "If someone tries to kill you, you should have the right to return fire and preserve your life. Let's reaffirm in law what exists in our Constitution and in the hearts of our fellow Americans. Abolish the legal duty of retreat everywhere."

Gaetz was joined by Reps. Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Markwayne Mullin, Greg Steube, and Randy Weber in introducing the act Monday.

Gaetz discussed his "National Stand Your Ground Act" on an episode of his Firebrand podcast.

"My constituents demanded strong self defense laws," Gaetz said on his podcast. "I do not believe on imposing on Americans a duty to retreat when someone else attempts to commit a felony against a victim."

The act says that a person who feels that they are in imminent danger has the choice to retaliate against that danger and does not have the duty to retreat before doing so.

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