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The Truth About "Stand Your Ground" Laws

janeishere Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 1:51 PM
Why did Obama comment about the death in Florida? His hometown, Chicago, has had 120 murders so far this year, 60% above last year. For 4 years the Chicago Police have not even been able to solve the murder of Obama's "special friend" grade school teach / choir director Donald Young. Why doesn't Obama put the pressure on them to solve this senseless murder of a kind black man?

Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Ken Klukowski

Sadly, some are exploiting the Trayvon Martin shooting to target self-defense laws that protect innocent lives. These laws safeguard law-abiding and peaceable citizens, and are not to blame in the tragic Florida incident. Stand your ground laws did not apply in that situation, and statements to the contrary are irresponsible and misinformed.

In some states the law imposes a duty to retreat from physical confrontations. Whether in your home or on the street, if you fought back, you might be prosecuted as a criminal.

This duty was terrible law. It required you...