Texans Have State Rep. Debbie Riddle and God to Thank For the Right to Gun Down Burglars

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State Representative Debbie Riddle
When Texas passed its version of the castle doctrine in 2007, allowing homeowners to shoot burglars without fear of repercussions, support in the Texas Legislature was nearly unanimous; of 180 lawmakers, only 13 voted nay.

Almost as many legislators (136) co-authored or sponsored the bill, as Democrats and Republicans alike were eager to attach their names to a relatively noncontroversial measure that supported both gun and property rights.

Republican State Representative Debbie Riddle, who is listed as one of the bill's sponsors, would prefer you not forget her role in getting the castle doctrine on the books. In her version of events, which she briefly recounted on Facebook, it was her and God against the world.

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God wrote the 1st Castle Doctrine in Exodus 22:2. It says if a thief breaks into your home & you kill him you are not guilty. In 2007 we passed the Castle Doctrine (I was a Joint Author). Last Session I added you car so that ALL that applies to your home applies in your car too. This was the topic of my "God & Government Moment" in our Sunday School class. Next Sunday we will have another "God & Government" moment!

First, a couple of factual quibbles. While Riddle introduced a castle doctrine bill in the House, that version went nowhere. She was merely a sponsor, not a "joint author," of the Senate bill that actually passed. And we're not sure to make of her "Last Session I added you car," since vehicles were explicitly covered by the 2007 bill.

Now, on to her "God & Government" cheerleading. It's true, as Riddle says, that Exodus 22:2 contains a version of the castle doctrine. In the New Revised Standard Version, it reads like this:

If a thief is found breaking in, and is beaten to death, no bloodguilt is incurred

Riddle neglects to mention that this provision only applies at night ("if it happens after sunrise, bloodguilt is incurred"). She also neglects to say whether she endorses making other punishments outlined in Exodus 22 the law in Texas.

Dictates like "You shall not permit a female sorcerer to live" and "Whoever lies with an animal shall be put to death" seem a bit out of proportion. Also, given Riddle's hawkish views on immigration, which led to her ill-fated attempt to initiate an Arizona-style crackdown and her endorsement of U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert's absurd "terror babies" theory, we wonder what she thinks of Exodus 22:21:

You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

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ROCKS123
ROCKS123

JESUS ALWAYS CARRIED A GLOCK....JESUS SHOT LAZARUS IN THE HEAD AFTER HE TOOK 2 LOAVES AND 2 FISHES & THEN CHARGED HIS WIFE 500 DRACHMAS TO RESURRECT HIM TRUE STORY

pauldodell
pauldodell

God, this bitch is creepy. She almost sounds like she wants Sharia law.

mandidev
mandidev

Exodus 23:9  “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt."

Exodus 21:17  “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death"  


Lets make new laws!!

mcdallas
mcdallas

In the photo, horse #1 appears to be making a #2.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

She's slopped a few stalls before.

Ask her kids. Giddy up!

fredgarvinmp713
fredgarvinmp713

Well she just trod all over Leviticus 19:19:

"Do not wear clothing woven of two different kinds of thread."

And shouldn't the 11th Commandment be: "And for fuck's sake, enough with the Texas flag shirts already."

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Are you sure that's not the Standard insurance chick with a new wig?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

And you wonder why the crime rate has dropped through the floor.

"Whether the changes are due to an improving economy, more officers on the street, added police technology, new policing strategies or changes in the definitions of certain crimes, officials and residents say one thing is certain: By nearly every measure, Dallas has seen a big crime turnaround over the past decade."

God's Will. I suppose.

that and the crooks just don't know who's packin' in the house, the car or on the street.

DeLaNate
DeLaNate

Shit. Me and my dog are always lying on the couch together. Guess I'm f#@ked.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That picture.  It looks like her head was photo-shopped onto an anorectic Big Tex impersonator...

ragetweets
ragetweets

Once again you alienate your conservative readers with bullshit articles like this.  Its pretty hard to support your great stories on local events, restaurant lists, and bar reviews when you are this extreme and loud in your leftist views.  You do realize this is TEXAS correct?  Maybe you should move to California if you don't like it.

JackJett
JackJett

Isn't she the woman who thinks Muslim women come to America to have babies so they can come back later as American citizens as terrorist?  It is clear she is bummed for not getting enough press and had some new glamour shots produced for an upcoming bashing tour. 

I hope she is raising some cattle on that ranch as she looks like she could use a good burger.

WylieH
WylieH

Did she borrow that shirt from Tom Leppert?

kduble
kduble

@holmantx Trouble is, crime has gone down everywhere else, too, including a 90% drop in NYC's homicide rate since 1965.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Or you could attribute it to the massive changes in policing (community based focus) and a De - emphasis on minor traffic stops freeing up more officers to do actual police work.

Nah, it must be a fear of guns.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Before Photo shop I have seen Fixes made to Family Pictures where the Floozy First EX Wife's face has been whited out of pictures taken at events and the New wife's face has pasted in to replace it  .

animas
animas

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz   The Republican revisionist  bible DOES mention gangly  clueless giants with heads of paper mache roaming the halls of the Texas  legislature in the book of Big TEXodus.

ROCKS123
ROCKS123

@ragetweets I AGREE PUT A BOOT IN THEIR ASS AND WAVE YER FLAG AT EM WOO HEE HAW HECKFIRE

ROCKS123
ROCKS123

@ragetweets MOVE TO SAUDIA ARABIA WHERE THEY WILL STONE YOU FOR TALK LIKE THAT WOMAN YEE HAW PRAISE JESUS BAREFOOT AND PREGNANT WOO HAW WORKING SLAVES YESSIR

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Three things;

1) He was stating fact that she was being disingenuous about authoring the bill.

2) She quoted select parts of Exodus to suit her agenda. He quoted the parts she conveniently ignores.

3) Dude, this is an alt-weekly. Did you expect it to be conservative? If so you must not travel to big cities often.

malcommex
malcommex

@ragetweetsYEAH!!! I like your POV! Let's all act like radical fundamentalists! You know terrorists! My way or the highway! That's how things get done right? JEEZ!!!

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@ragetweets Oh, this is TEXAS, is it?! Well, gosh, mister, I reckon then people with critical thinking skills best get the heck on out, eh?

Daniel
Daniel

@ragetweets Quoting a Republican state rep. fact checking her and then quoting the Bible ...yep, sure sounds like full-tilt Communism to me.

KatyKab00m
KatyKab00m

@ragetweetsYes, Texas does tend to elect conservatives, but there hasn't been a landslide victory in a long time. That would mean the state is close to evenly divided. But keep pretending everyone here thinks like you, if that makes you feel better.

ROCKS123
ROCKS123

@kduble @holmantx EXCEPT CHICAGO YEE HAW CUZ OBAMA OUTLAWED THEY GUNS WOO HEE OBAMAS THE BLACK SATAN WOO HAW

rusknative
rusknative

@kduble@holmantxcrime is police report driven....if reports are not filed, or police do not investigage a crime...no reported crimes....NYC police under Rudy took crime off the street with massive crackdown on thugs.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@P1Gunter 

I bet the 'ol DMN Ed Board could gin a 1,000 words on it, using the verbiage right out of the AP Style Book - "partnership", "strive", "community-based", "mentoring" . . . well, you get the picture.

But it's Occam's Razor.

Long lines at the Gun Shows.

We're all walking with steel.  

rusknative
rusknative

@KatyKab00m@ragetweetsno, it means a lot of blacks vote democrat, and they dominate the urban counties....state is NOT evenly divided, but voter districts are gerimandered.

rusknative
rusknative

@P1Gunterwhat happened is huge influx of illegal hispanic immigrants, and growth of texas chapters of california black and hispanic youth gangs.

astrojr1
astrojr1

@observist@holmantx@P1GunterAgreed, but what gives a person a proclivity to be a criminal in the first place?  While not all criminals have formative problems such as poverty, lack of education, lack of good role models, presence of bad role models, etc., there is a strong correlation of crime to those things.  A book called Freakonomics found clear indications that, about the time all the unwanted children that stopped being born following Roe v Wade would have grown up into young criminals, that didn't happen, and crime went way down.  (I realize I am making big generalizations here but it's documented and findable on The Internets.)  If you keep heading up the path of the problems, you find you end up not at the things in the news so much, but at things in the history books.  I am an incessant "why?" person so these chains of causality are very interesting socioeconomically.


P1Gunter
P1Gunter

By that logic crime should have gone down with mandatory minimums and harsher sentencing guidelines back in the 80s and 90s.

What happened is crime and drug use went up on the whole.

If a person has proclivity to be a criminal, they will commit crime. The most effective tool to preventing this is having visible police (and to a lesser extent security) presence.

Not saying it has no effect, just a wildly overstated one.

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