The “Mrs. America” actress and “Press Your Luck” game-show host recalled an incident from childhood when she and some friends were playing hide-and-seek in their neighborhood and they hid behind a tree in a neighbor’s yard.
“Apparently he mistook us hiding behind trees in his unfenced yard at 9pm for… burglars? Predators?” she wrote. “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.”
“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.”
Banks’ diatribe came the same day Ohio’s Republican-led Senate passed a “Stand Your Ground” bill that removes the requirement to attempt to retreat before shooting in self-defense.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Saturday he will address the bill this week but hinted he might veto it by saying it wasn’t the right time to take up the bill.
Banks, in another tweet, said other times they would search neighbors’ yards when her dog got loose.
She called “Stand Your Ground” nothing but “permission to kill people.”
“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,” she added.