What is the "stand your ground law" and what are some of the good and bad points

  1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    What is the "stand your ground law" and what are some of the good and bad points about it?

    The stand your ground law is used in more than twenty states in the US and it is a law which was brought to national attention because of the Trayvon Martin case which happened in the state of Florida. What do you know about the law and what are some of the intricacies and problems that goes with it?

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    lovedoctor926posted 6 years ago

    Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law is laid out in Florida Statute 776.012. It basically states that a person is justified in using deadly force when, “He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.” The statute also says there is no duty to retreat in order to protect yourself. In other words, you may “stand your ground”.

    I believe that this law should definitely be modified. There is no way that George Zimmerman should be allowed to claim self-defense under this law.

  3. PoweroftheCross profile image59
    PoweroftheCrossposted 6 years ago

    If George Zimmerman is allowed to go free because of the stand your ground law, and no supporting new evidence is found, it will be a very sad day for this country. One problem with this law is that anyone can claim they had to stand their ground. It's a license to kill as far as I'm concerned. What fool wouldn't retreat, if retreating would save their life? Some people have an ax to grind, and the stand your ground law will help them grind that ax. The law needs to be modified.