Will the Trayvon Martin homicide lead to changes in state "Stand Your Ground" laws?
Other nicknames for laws that are based on the Castle Doctrine include the Defense of Habitation Law, and "Make My Day" law.
Either the "stand your ground" laws present a deadly threat to innocent citizens when improperly applied, or specific jurisdictions can mishandle the cases as was done in Seminole County, Florida.
Will the mishandling and improper application of the law in the Trayvon Martin case lead to Federal intervention, changes in enforcement, or improved legislation at the state level?
I wouldn't count on it. Some people in this country are really violent. Instead of looking at self-defense as something that may have to be done under very limited circumstances, they want the ability to kill someone who upsets them and pushes them around.
It's so ridiculous. What if someone walks up to me and pushes me, and tells me they want to kick my butt? Should I pull out a gun and just kill them? What kind of uncivilized, barbaric society would even condone such a thing? Stand your ground laws don't even require the person to make an attempt to escape! I feel threatened, therefore I kill. That sounds like a wild animal.
I've mentioned this before, but when I took martial arts, the instructors always told us self-defense was NOT about killing another person. Self-defense is about protecting yourself, and learning self-control. You try to run before anything. If the person continues to pursue you, you attack up to the point that they can no longer chase you. It would have to be the most EXTREME circumstances that one person should take the life of another in an act of self-defense.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
Great answer, Sooner.
I just see thousands more of unstable Zimmermans who think that they are smarter than the rest of us. Having a gun does not replace the ability to think in a crisis. There will be more mindless mistakes, as there have already been mindless mistakes when people are armed with the gun and the law.
To begin with under the United States Constitution there are things called "STATES RIGHTS", whereupon the federal government has no legitimate authority. In fact the intervention of the federal government and the pressure applied to the State District Attorney to prosecute the case is a startling abuse of power on the part of the federal government.
I believe there is a rush to judgement, which is general for people to make emotional decisions not based on reality or fact. Assuming Zimmerman is "unstable" or that he thought himself "smarter" than others is a matter of opinion.
It is apparent that everyone believes Zimmerman had a duty to flee, why is that once the situation unfolded, why didn't Martin have the same degree of responsibility to flee?
by Sooner28 9 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 Longhunter 10 years ago
http://news.yahoo.com/official-charges- … 38994.htmlIt's about damn time but can he get a fair trial?Will all groups on both sides of this issue accept the outcome of a trial and move on?
by SpanStar 9 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 Ralph Schwartz 6 years ago
George Zimmerman is "proudly" selling the gun he killed Trayvon Martin with - Thoughts?George Zimmerman is auctioning the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin.The post lists the weapon purportedly used to kill Martin at a starting bid of $5,000. "I am honored and humbled to announce...
by VC L Veasey 9 years ago
If Martin's hand was covering Zimmerman's mouth as he claims, wouldn't the screams have sounded muffled? Zimmerman's DNA wasn't found on Martin's hands so was it Zimmerman or Martin screaming?
by VC L Veasey 9 years ago
Why Did Some people See George Zimmerman As The Victim And Trayvon Martin As The Aggressor?Why did they believe and not question his account of how their confrontation started?
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