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The Truth About "Stand Your Ground" Laws

John106 Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 8:31 PM
And an eyewitness clearly stated that Martin was on top of Zimmerman beating the crap out of him. Doesn't sound like he was too scared. Following someone who has aroused your suspicion is not "stalking", which would be defined by persistence. Since this incident occurred in the course of one day, "stalking" does not apply. I suspect Zimmerman was arrested to protect him from the repeated open threats of violence against him. Now that's "stalking", with no hint of prosecution.

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...