Katie Kieffer

Toilet paper holders. Cup holders. Cigar Holders. Various holders do an excellent job of "holding." Eric Holder is a U.S. attorney general who is ironically failing to live up to his name and uphold the law.

Most recently, Holder disparaged 92 years of U.S. Supreme Court precedent regarding so-called “stand your ground” laws.

Holder has been Obama’s attorney general for well over four years, and he has never made a public statement about "stand your ground" laws. Suddenly, last week, as Zimmerman trial verdict protesters called for the abolishment of Florida’s stand-your-ground law, he decided to end his silence. Holder probably figured: “The media’s got my back here. If I fudge about 'stand your ground' laws, they won’t hold me accountable.”

So, on Tuesday of last week, Holder gave a speech at the annual conference for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and stated that "stand your ground" laws:

“…senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods” and “By allowing, and perhaps encouraging, violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety.”

On Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton chimed in with his two cents worth of nonsense:

“…these kinds of laws … have catastrophic effects.” He added: “My personal opinion -- I don’t have all the information the jury had -- Mr. Zimmerman went way beyond what was necessary in the situation.”

Dayton vetoed a "stand your ground" law in February that would have made Minnesota’s self-defense law similar to Florida’s law. State laws vary, but 25 states have some version of "stand your ground" permitting citizens to remain in the place where they are lawfully located when confronted by an unlawful intimidation; instead of retreating, they may use lethal force to defend themselves.

Dayton is a career politician and trust fund kid who is better qualified for yachting with elite partiers like John Kerry than governing the state of Minnesota. But Holder passed the bar exam and took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution at one point in his life. Unless Holder suffers from premature dementia, he knows better than to disparage 92 years of Supreme Court precedent as well as the 2nd and 4th Amendments.

Here are the FACTS that Holder and Dayton failed to mention:


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.