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Stand Your Ground: The story of Brandon Baker

Updated on April 8, 2012

Arrest Seth Browning

This Blog is protected by copyright and may not be used by any party for any purposes. Bruce Bean is the original author.

Editor’s note: I have annotated this blog with my thoughts on how it compares to Trayvon Martin. Both of these cases ended in the senseless death of two young men because their pursuers chose to confront them. You will see my thoughts in parentheses.

According to his family, Brandon Baker was goofy, but now Baker is gone. Baker is another victim of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. On March 6, 2012, Baker and his twin brother were driving home from a party at 2 am in separate cars. At some point 23-year-old Security Guard and Afghanistan Vet Seth Browning spotted him and thought he was driving suspiciously (The key word is suspicious in both cases). The family has started a petition.

Browning followed Baker and his brother all the way home and when the brothers got out to ask him why he was following them (remember Trayvon ask Zimmerman why he was following him), he pepper sprayed them and while they were bent over trying to clear their eyes, he shot Brandon. Browning has not been arrested, but the Pinnelas County Sheriff is investigating.

Now, I ask you should rent-a-cops and neighborhood watch people really have the right to pursue, pepper spray and shoot people because in their eyes, they are ‘suspicious’. Does this actually seem like a good idea to anyone? Or am I right, in thinking that this is insanity and has no place in a civilized society.

According to his family, Baker was a great uncle and a big goofball. His niece would grab his face and push it into her own like he was a stuffed animal. Brandon’s father is working to change the Stand Your Ground law that took his son’s life and pushing for an arrest.

‘Justifiable’ homicides have tripled in Florida, alone, since 2005 when this law came into affect. The United States Congress seems afraid to tackle the gun lobby because of their power at the voting booth. Brandon Baker is a victim of their fear. Oh, I forgot to mention that Brandon and his shooter are both white. Let’s have justice for Trayvon and Brandon.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      I would not say the problem is the law but that's my opinion. It seems it is the people who feel emboldened to do as they please and use it as an out who are the problem. The law is fine, the people who want to use it to save their arses are not.

      What I cannot comprehend is why people follow others and then feel they must shoot when they are not officers of the law, whether state, federal, or local. People should not go starting things of this nature, especially "flashlight cops."

      People should never follow other people they don't know. This is stalking. The stalker may not be able to tell how hard that person is willing to fight for their life. Some people are so focused and agile during a struggle for their life, they can take weapons from their attacker or stalker and use their weapons against them.

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      William Jordan 5 years ago from Houston

      Seems that something has gone seriously wrong with this so call stand your ground law,how many more will have to die before something is done Great Hub voted up!

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up and interesting.

      Browning, like Zimmerman, was not immediately charged with anything. To me, this and Trayvon's tragic death are not about media attention or media spin.

      I don't know if Zimmerman is a racist. At first, I thought that the police chief was, but now I'm not so sure about that.

      I see two possibilities.

      1. Florida's 'stand your ground' law was so sloppily written that it's really a 'Gunfight at the OK Corral' law. As the old saying goes, "The devil is in the details."

      2. Cops, prosecutors, and judges in Florida are staging a job action, because they don't approve of the law. I can imagine what they're thinking:

      "Our hands are tied. Stand your ground. Haw, haw."