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The Truth About "Stand Your Ground" Laws

Sugarbare Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 9:13 AM
The jury is still out but it appears Trayvon attacked an armed man and got shot.
Jay Wye Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 3:49 PM
think of it as evolution in action.
Bill1895 Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 9:16 AM
The key to the case, did Trayvon attack? If so, Zimmerman should walk.

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...