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?
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.
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.
by SpanStar 5 years ago
The 2 representatives who sponsored "The Stand Your Ground Law" have openly and publicly stated that Mister George Zimmerman does not qualify under the statutes of this law. ...
by SpanStar 5 years ago
Mister Michael Dunn as Black teenagers to turn the music down in their vehicle. After a verbal confrontation Mister Dunn took his gun shot and killed one teenager and fired at the others in the vehicle. After which he left the scene and went and had pizza. It is reported that he will be using the...
by Cassie Smith 5 years ago
Why is Eric Holder telling people to challenge Stand Your Ground?Zimmerman's trial had nothing to do with stand your ground but was basically about self-defense. Isn't it really about the gov't trying to erode your right to protect yourself, home, and family so that you would have to depend...
by Sooner28 5 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand-your-ground_law"In the United States of America, stand-your-ground law states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first."So, let's recall the...
by mosaicman 5 years ago
Now that George Zimmerman has been found innocent, do you think this will have more people resorting to using supreme violence in defending themselves. Do you think more people will become more vigilant due to the fact that they think the law will be on their side and protect them if they have to...
by chipsball 5 years ago
The most important phase of this criminal trial will be the selection of six (6) jurors and (4) alternate jurors who will determine the outcome. Selecting jurors who can set aside their feelings towards either the State of Florida or the Defense, listen to the testimony that only comes from the...
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