Stand Your Ground laws are not necessarily wrong, but the Florida law, and similar ones, are flawed.
The laws are designed to allow a person to use the force necessary for self-protection, including deadly force, when faced with an imminent threat. Claims of self-defense have become more than a get-out-of-jail-free card. George Zimmerman didn’t go to jail—he wasn’t ever arrested. He simply claimed self-defense and went home. The law is flawed.
For Trayvon—and to prevent future tragedies—states need to revisit and revise their laws to REQUIRE the detention of the person using lethal force, investigation of the case, and if deemed appropriate, charges filed. The person pulling the trigger needs to realize the consequences of their action. The consequences aren’t limited to the saving of his or her own life, but also extend to the loss of life of the other person. But even before the trigger is pulled, there needs to be a recognition that there are or can be consequences to every action. Those consequences should at least include spending time in a precinct being questioned.
It’s time to make those who stand their ground stand up under scrutiny as well. Self-defense needs to be proven following an appropriate investigation—not a casual sidewalk questioning.
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