NRA Fires Back At Holder’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Comments: Self-Defense Is ‘Fundamental Human Right’

The NRA, which had been relatively silent throughout the George Zimmerman murder trial, responded to Attorney General Eric Holder‘s recent criticism of “Stand Your Ground” laws with a strongly-worded statement of their own. NRA Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris Cox called Holder’s statements “unconscionable” and labeled self-defense laws a “fundamental human right.”

Speaking before the NAACP national convention Tuesday, Holder said it’s “time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” He added, “We must ‘stand our ground’ to ensure that our laws reduce violence, and take a hard look at laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent.”

Read the NRA’s full statement below, via ThinkProgress:

“The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it’s a fundamental human right. To send a message that legitimate self-defense is to blame is unconscionable, and demonstrates once again that this administration will exploit tragedies to push their political agenda.”

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