Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Lisa Simeone, Jun 11, 2012.
Five ‘Stand Your Ground’ Cases You Should Know About
This piece first appeared at ProPublica.
Technically speaking (based on what I have read - for what it is worth), the Martin case is not actually covered under the "Stand your ground" clause or rules. Based on Zimmerman approaching Martin (again based on what I have read), this removes that particular rules coverage. I am not a scholar on the regulation, but I was under the impression that it only covered people that have not actively placed themselves into the situation (such as if someone is threatening you at your home/workplace/public - not in the active pursuit of forcing an interaction with the other person). Essentially distilling it down to a person does not have to retreat in order to defend themselves from an aggressor - not actively pursuing someone in a public place or challenging someone in a public place.
5 cases out of 200+ is a very small percentage. I would conclude that "stand your ground" laws work well.
Agree with Rugape. If I were on a jury, the fact that Zimmerman turned and pursued Martin, effectively by doing so himself becoming the problem and the threat, this changes everything. stand your ground is gone here.
Agree. The anti self defense and anti-gun crowd are trying to use the Martin case, where stand your ground does not apply, as a hammer to beat a good law with.
If someone approaches me on the street with the intention of doing me harm and in fact proceeds to do me harm, then I have the right to defend myself, period. For a female, with grave, as in fatal, disparity between herself and ANY male attacker, a firearm is the only effective means she has in defending herself. That is all the law is intended for.
There are huge numbers of CCW permits and very few times where the weapon is resorted to. In 98% of the cases where a weapon is drawn, drawing the weapon is enough to cause the perp to flee and there is no shooting. People know the finality of such weapons and are very reluctant to use them.
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