Dear Editor,
The 65th legislative session is in full swing, and a handful of bills that target marginalized groups have been introduced; one in particular: SB 2315 - Justifiable homicide for petty crime.

Dear Editor,
The 65th legislative session is in full swing, and a handful of bills that target marginalized groups have been introduced; one in particular: SB 2315 - Justifiable homicide for petty crime.

This bill was introduced by my District 16 Senator David Clemens, who defends this bill stating that it targets “the unlawful public.” SB 2315 is dangerous and poorly worded. In an attempt to defend the bill while on WDAY radio with Jay Thomas, Clemens was argumentative and proven wrong when a caller challenged him on the wording of the bill, including the use of “or” in the language - Clemens doesn’t even know what his own bill proposes. The law already allows you to kill in self-defense; this bill would give the OK to shoot someone who is fleeing and poses absolutely zero threat to you - which is, in fact murder.

I am troubled about Clemens introducing a law that justifies murder, when he seems to push an openly "pro-life" agenda.

What is more ironic is that Clemens posted on his Facebook after being elected that he “was elected to represent us,” yet voted no on SB 2043 - recognizing and including all marital relationships - responding to a constituent about his personal belief in only heterosexual matrimony. Clemens motives are problematic because he seems to represent his personal beliefs, or only those who agree with his backwards thinking.

When did our communities become so bloodthirsty that murdering someone, stealing material/replaceable items became the grounds for enacting such harmful laws?

I'm not sure what’s more disconcerting: having representatives who won't listen to their constituents’ opposition to legislation which target anyone they view as a second-class citizen, or North Dakota residents veiling their "values" over complete hypocrisy, and expressing enthusiasm over laws that would inflict harm upon citizens simply because they disagree with them.

These proposed bills are inhumane and do not better the state of North Dakota.

North Dakota residents and lawmakers should probably stop pretending their views are even remotely "pro-life" if they are in support such laws; that blood will surely be on their hands.
Alana Belfiore,
Fargo, ND