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NRA Responds to Eric Holder: 'Self-Defense is a Fundamental Human Right'

The National Rifle Association has been keeping quiet in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, but broke its silence Wednesday after Attorney General Eric Holder criticized "Stand Your Ground" law before the NAACP Convention in Orlando on Tuesday.

Its time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods, Holder told the audience on Tuesday. These laws try to fix something that was never broken. There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force, if -- and the if is important -- no safe retreat is available. But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common-sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely.

Holder also warned that the laws could actually encourage violence rather than diminish it.

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," he said.

The NRA slammed Holder's criticism, saying his opposition was "unconscionable."

"The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it's a fundamental human right," began Chris Cox, executive director of theNRA Institute for Legislative Action. "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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