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US Senate takes aim at 'Stand Your Ground' laws like Oklahoma's
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US Senate takes aim at 'Stand Your Ground' laws like Oklahoma's

US Senate takes aim at 'Stand Your Ground' laws like Oklahoma's

US Senate takes aim at 'Stand Your Ground' laws like Oklahoma's

Though he recently received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, John Becker didn't really know exactly how Oklahoma's "Stand Your Ground" law protected him when he opened fire on a man he says broke into his vehicle then went for a knife when he confronted him last week.

Becker says the man went for his pocket, at which point the homeowner opened fire with his shotgun, deliberately aiming low because he didn't want to kill the suspect.

Under state law, Becker was fully within his rights, apparently, although some US Senators would like to see federal legislation passed which could curtail those rights.

The case of a neighborhood watch captain shooting and killing a teenager in Florida has sparked a lot of debate about "Stand Your Ground" laws.

Tuesday, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrian Fulton, testified before the Senate.

"I just wanted to come here to...let you know how important it is that we amend this stand your ground because it certainly did not work in my case," Fulton said. "The person that shot and killed my son is walking the streets today. This law does not work."

But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argued that "This is not about politicking. This is not about inflaming racial tensions. This is about the right of everyone to protect themselves and protect their families."

Becker agrees, telling KRMG if anything, he'd like to see the Senate expand the rights of home and business owners to defend themselves.

"I hope they would take it further, to give home owners and property owners more rights," he said.

Some states actually require a person to attempt to retreat before they can use force.

Becker said retreating didn't really enter his mind that night outside his home.

"I could have retreated, but I'm not gonna let the guy get away with my belongings, and invading my privacy."

He says criminals already have plenty of legal protections.

"Suspects -- they have more rights than the victims," he told KRMG.

See Oklahoma's "Stand Your Ground Law" here.

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