The emphasis on the right to stand your ground is puzzling in the context of the Martin case, since Zimmerman's defense does not seem to rely on it. The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, who was...
So what if justifiable homicides are up by 300%? What part of "justifiable" do people not understand? As you point out, violent crime, which had declined 12% in Florida over five years under Jeb Bush's 10-20-life sentencing plan, declined 23% more in the five years following "stand your ground". From what we know of Mr. Martin's prior behavior and from the statistics of black on black crime and black on black murders, the fact that Mr. Zimmerman slew Mr. Martin in defense of his person probably had the unintended consequence of saving the life of an innocent black at the hands of Mr. Martin in the future. The death of Mr. Martin was not a tragedy; it was good riddance to black rubbish. If you want to protect the lives of young hoodlums,
Critics of Florida's self-defense law object to its recognition of a right to "stand your ground" in public places, which eliminated the duty to retreat from an assailant. Yet many of these critics seem to believe they have a duty to stand their ground and never retreat, using George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin as a weapon to attack Florida's law, no matter what the evidence shows.
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