I wondered why the Brady Bunch had given my Hoosier state a worse score (8) than Tam's Tennessee (7). (In Brady terms, higher is "better," I guess since it means malefactors have a better chance of finding disarmed victims. The idea appears to be that if you have anything worth stealing, you're a heartless exploiter anyway, so by the standards of their wing of the Party Of Treason, you've got it coming).
The reason why our score is worse is simple: they didn't do their homework. They've somehow missed Indiana's "Stand Your Ground" law and the well-supported 19th Century legal precedent that actually made the law redundant.
Hey, Bradys: We can shoot bad guys who threaten us in Indiana, no matter where they try it. At home. In public. Even at work -- though I admit, state law does not require employers to allow their workers who are qualified to carry firearms. Not yet, anyway. (One can hope we'll at least get a "keep it in your car" law through and until then, I'll be a good little girl, boss. Umm, as long as there's no problem with my pocketknife and all the heavy, sharp and/or pointy tools I use to do my job).
Anyway, the Bradys are wrong, not only overall but in detail. Ooooo, what a surprise! Hoplophobic PSH as usual.
In related news, crime rates continue to be lower in "must-issue" states than in "may-issue" and "no-issue" ones. Who knew?
1. Hoplophobia, "a morbid fear of individual sidearms," something Freud said was a sign of sexual insecurity.
2. Let's just say it stands for "pants-soiling hysteria." Your version may vary.
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