The recent killing of a Florida teen may seem like an unfortunate, yet unrelated, incident to most Minnesotans. Not so.

"Stand Your Ground" laws have been promoted by the Republican Party and the NRA (National Rifle Association). Passed by almost a dozen states, these laws give citizens the opportunity to use unbounded lethal force to "protect" themselves.

If it were not for Governor Dayton's veto of bill H.S. 1467 this month (March), we would be looking at a similar law in Minnesota

Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) was a co-author of this bill. Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) also voted for it.

Promoting national conservative policy in Minnesota state politics is wrongheaded. Minnesota has traditionally been an issue-oriented population, dominated by neither liberal nor conservative dogmas.

I am disappointed in Davids and Miller. We don't need knee-jerk politics in these trying times.

James Wise

Black Hammer Township

P.S. National and local law enforcement spokesmen are against this type of legislation.