Hunger Games Star says “Stand Your Ground Law is BS”

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Elizabeth Banks, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71193694

Actress Elizabeth Banks sounded off on Twitter in opposition against a new bill that she tells Ohioans will “endanger your neighbors.” 

Responding to the news that Ohio’s Senate passed a “Stand Your Ground” bill that does not require shooters to allow an attempt for retreat before firing in self-defense, Banks shared a story from her childhood to illustrate her opposition.

“Stand Your Ground is BS. We used to play hide and seek all over the neighborhood on summer nights. Intent was to play. We were kids but some of my cousins were big guys,” she began. “There were a few easily-jumped fences in the neighborhood but also houses with no fences at all. A new neighbor moved onto our street. Apparently he mistook us hiding behind trees in his unfenced yard at 9pm for… burglars? Predators?”

Ironically for The Hunger Games actress, which centers on a bow-wielding teenage heroine, her neighbor shot an arrow without warning.  

“All of a sudden, an arrow was shot into the tree behind which we hid. From a professional bow and arrow. This guy didn’t yell out “who’s there” or “get off my property or I’m calling the cops” or any other question or warning,” she recalled. “He just shot at children. He hit the tree so it was seemingly a warning shot. Message received, WE yelled out that we were just playing and could he let us please run away without shooting. Then we ran.”

She ruminated on how searching for her escaped dog could have ended in tragedy. “Also sometimes our dog got loose. We would go into yards looking for her. All I can think about when people pretend Stand Your Ground is about anything other than permission to kill people are those moments when I myself stepped onto a neighbor’s property.”

Banks claims that Stand Your Ground laws do nothing but “endanger your neighbors” and justify using weapons for deadly force. “Where is the evidence that Stand Your Ground does anything but endanger your neighbors, their dogs, their kids? It helps nobody but people who want justified reasons to use a deadly weapon,” she continued. 

“If I’d been shot and killed playing hide and seek, would that new neighbor have been able to just shrug his shoulders while living across the street from my grieving parents? With laws like this, probably yes,” Banks concluded.  “I don’t want to live in a world where we fear our neighbors so much that we can’t freely lose a ball/dog/frisbee or cut through somebody’s yard to avoid harassment – all things I have done. What yards did you wander into and why?

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Pissed Off American
Pissed Off American
5 months ago

As a kid we played army all over the place and nobody said anything. That was the 1960’s when people got along and knew who the kids were. That’s all before the “WOKE” and BLM BS started rioting, looting and burning. Times have changed if you like it or not. Most people would give warning unless your trying to assault them. I’m sure since your a “WOKE PERSON” you have armed body guards the rest of us don’t, so we have to defend our self by what ever means available. Just because your PC will NOT put me in danger. I will defend myself from your commie Obiden / Killary and BLM friends. Not going to be a siting duck with a target on my butt…Go back to LA LA dream land and leave the real world to the rest of us that have to live in it.

Marlene
5 months ago

So says a Hollyweird with armed guards protecting her. How about rioting, looting, and violent thugs that don’t care who gets in their way before shooting or stabbing you? Grow up snowflake, the world out side of your protected bubble is not safe.

Walter Deveau
Walter Deveau
5 months ago

She supports run & scream like a girl?

Robert G Shields
Robert G Shields
5 months ago

Stand your ground laws do not make it open season on anybody. Without the stand your ground laws, a person who is facing an imminent threat to their life or physical well-being could be charged for protecting themselves as it would be up to a prosecutor to decide if you retreated enough. Then a judge or jury would need to decide if they believed you had retreated sufficiently. What is a sufficient retreat has no standard and is subject to different interpretations. Stand your ground laws require you to be facing death or great bodily harm before you can legally resort to deadly force.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
5 months ago

Hahaha, does anyone, really anyone listen at all to the garbage coming out of anyone’s pie hole who is from Hollyweird and memorizes lines for a living?
Inquiring minds want to know.
To her I say…STFU

Rob Tinsley
Rob Tinsley
5 months ago

Actor, ,Nick Searcy has bucked the “Hollyweird” trend!!

Jane Stacy
5 months ago

too bad time to protect our selves from all the ssh-les

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
5 months ago

What a weird mindset. Perhaps she should get out more often and shuck off her absurd notions. Only 27 words need to be understood. They’re easy to memorize. And if she doesn’t understand them, she should live inside bulletproof walls where only military weapons might be effective. She’d be doubly safe now that Swalwell is preoccupied.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

As her fellow communist hero hirono would say, “just shut up.”

Spydersniper
Spydersniper
5 months ago

So, here we go again. Your typical so-called Hollywood ‘Expert’ using her ‘free’ Bully box to tell the rest of the American public how the laws should read to protect a perpetrator from being shot by the unsuspecting citizen he has backed into a corner to commit bodily injury. Come on now! The citizen has to give the perpetrator a chance to hide before he (the citizen) can defend himself? Who in their right mind would listen to such an uneducated fool?

John J
5 months ago

Stay where you belong and you have no problem

Daniel Quigley
Daniel Quigley
5 months ago

I live in NC where we have the Stand Your Ground Law. In the last 15 years statewide I know of 3 times it has been used and all 3 were perfectly legal to use it. 1st you have to fear for your life,the lives of others or can prove your house was in fact being broken into. These Scumbags in Hollyweird think that only their goons they have as body guards and the police should be carring guns and most think even the police should nother have or carry guns ever. They live in fantasy land and have no grasp on the reality of life.

Marteremall
Marteremall
5 months ago

I agree, if the neighbor climbs over my back fence, uninvited, they will be; specially if, like this beech, they’re libtarded; 2A forever!

Liberty Rising
Liberty Rising
5 months ago

What a f*cking idiot…

Bob101stvet
5 months ago

It is apparent Elizabeth Banks, like many other Societal Elites, does not understand what Stand your Ground is. Maybe she should talk to victims of assault, rape, home invasions or car jackings instead of this silly game of shooting an arrow or your dogs getting loose in someone else’s yard. Stand your ground is to protect yourself and your family, or others, from imminent danger or death. Happy to tell you Elizabeth, you don’t know what you are talking about. When you face real danger, not that Hollywood bull shit. you may understand, I and others like me are not going to run from danger or leave our houses if we have the ability to defend ourselves from harm. You liberals should stop worrying about the rights and safety of the criminal element and start supporting reality. I’m hear to tell you, if I am in danger or my family is in danger, and I can stand my ground, that is what is going to happen. You can bitch about stand your ground, like other liberals, who really have no idea of what real danger is. You live in a make believe and film world lifestyle, but others face injury and death daily. I have been shot, stabbed, run down, and beaten by several others and I am hear to tell you, do that to or toward my family, if I am around, then get ready to get burred. God Bless America, God Bless Our Constitution and God Bless our 2nd Amendment Rights.

Brian
Brian
5 months ago

If you are on your own property or have no place to retreat to safely without being injured or killed, you have every right to stand your ground. YOU are the one being attacked. Even a Hollywood type should understand that things are not like they were even 10 years ago. Way to many nuts out there wanting to take what is not theirs or wanting to injure or kill someone because they want to belong to a gang or because of some imagined slight.