The local news video on the confrontation between Iowa landlord Johnie Eakins and his tenant Westley Vaughan pretty much tells it like it is. Shows it like it is. A gun owner is approached by a man – not threatened – and goes all citizens’ arrest on him, complete with no trigger control whatsoever. Eakins brings dishonor to us all, publicly proclaiming that his concealed carry permit gives him the right to hold a man at gunpoint . . . because guns! This may not be the best place to point this out but . . .
the cop in the video’s right: Iowans is not a stand you ground” state. Iowans have a “duty to retreat” during violent confrontations; they can’t use deadly force in self-defense if they can avoid grievous bodily harm or death by retreating or escaping.
So Eakins was acting unlawfully when he didn’t back up when his tenant approached him – considering the fact that Vaughan was not posing a threat of death or grievous bodily harm. The video clearly shows that Vaughan didn’t have a knife as Eakins claimed.
This is NOT to say that stand-your-ground laws are wrong. They’re an important part of armed self-defense that protects law-abiding citizens who are violently attacked. Every state should be a “stand your ground.” And every idiot like Eakins should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. [h/t Mark N]