South Carolina Representative Harold Mitchel penned a letter to the editor saying that people were wrong about his bill:
Recently, I introduced H.4801 to correct one portion of state law that is being abused. The goal of my bill is to return to a more traditional standard concerning lethal force in self-defense.
Much of what has been said about my bill in recent news articles, media headlines and conservative radio talk shows has been false and misleading. Headlines using language like “Bill Would Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ ” and referring to “SC Gun Law” have misled voters and elected officials.
So I go to the bill he introduced and what do I find?
(C) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in another place where he has a right to be, including, but not limited to, his place of business, has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or another person or to prevent the commission of a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60.
In case you never seen this particular way of writing, in a proposed bill, any section that is “strikethrough” means it is to be removed from the law if approved. Underlined means to be added to existing law.
So, Rep. Mitchell’s bill actually kills Stand Your Ground but in his “twirly” little mind he swears it does not. How does people like him live with their head held high? Oh yes.. no shame.