The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 8/20/8

The recent fatal shooting by a Jackson convenience store clerk of a man who allegedly stole a case of beer fulfills some of the worst fears of those who opposed passage of the so-called “Castle law.”

The 2006 Legislature approved Senate Bill 2426, based on The Castle Doctrine that “every man’s home is his castle,” expanding self-defense gun rights.

Hailed by gun advocates, and opposed by police and prosecutors, it creates a “presumption of having acted reasonably” for someone who shoots an intruder or carjacker.

It also states that a person has “no duty to retreat” if the person believes he is in imminent danger and protects someone who uses deadly force in self-defense from being sued.