Deaths Nearly Triple Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted
A timely reminder of a story that surfaced shortly after the Martin murder.
The shooting death of Trayvon Martin by an armed, self-appointed Central Florida crime watch volunteer who claimed he shot in self defense has sparked a national debate about Floridas law, technically known as the Castle doctrine.
Until 2005, it was generally considered self defense if someone tried to get into your home or invade your property, so long as you could show deadly force was the last resort. In 2005, the Stand your Ground law removed the need to retreat before using force, even in public.
Thats the justification George Zimmerman used when he shot and killed Miami Gardens teen Treyvon Martin, who was returning to his fathers fiances house from a convenience store visit when Zimmerman spotted him and deemed him suspicious. Before the police he called arrived, he claims Martin attacked him and he shot in fear for his life.
Police accepted his story, and let him go, sparking national outrage. Zimmerman remains free. .......
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Every pistol packing wannabe will think they are good to go.
Don't get me wrong - I am a firm 2A advocate but a 200% increase in "self defense" shootings should tell you something.