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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #7)
Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:58 PM
ProgressiveProfessor (22,144 posts)
17. You are incorrect in your points
Where do you think a law like "Stand your ground" comes from?
Questionable prosecutions for not retreating were the cited cause.
What kind of person would want it to exist?
Those who understand that being second guessed by people not there and often with little similar experience over action taken in a potentially life and death is not particularly helpful. In other words DAs who have never been mugged telling someone who just has been what they should have done.
Given the underlying fears and prejudices that exist in our society, from whom is the stand-your-grounder supposed to be protecting themselves from?
Legitimate self defense has nothing to do with fears and prejudices.
That law is simply Carte Blanche for people to shoot others that piss them off. The vast majority of people shot were unarmed, that's a fact.
Stand Your Ground has NOTHING to do with if deadly force was appropriate in any given circumstance. Those statutes remained unchanged, requiring a reasonable fear of great bodily injury or death.
What is the basis for your claim that "vast majority of people shot were unarmed"?
Add fear, prejudice and happy trigger fingers without consequence and you'll end up with dead people, killed for no reason at all.
Fear and prejudice have killed a lot of people over the centuries, firearms are one of many methods. There are serious consequences for killing without a legally justified reason, as I hope Zimmerman soon finds out.
Stand Your Ground is not the real issue here. It is just noise and nonsense. The key point is whether or not Zimmerman had reasonable fear of GBI or death. I cannot see how that can be true, based on what has been released so far.
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