4/25/2012

Piece at the New York Daily News:

My piece starts this way:


Call them what you will: “Stand Your Ground” or “Castle Doctrine” laws. Mayor Bloomberg and members of Congress, speaking on the House floor, go so far as to label them “shoot first” laws. 
This is a gross exaggeration — a slander, in fact, against legislation designed to reform a flaw in our treatment of self-defense. Earlier statutes affirmatively required potential victims to retreat as much as possible before using deadly force to protect themselves, sometimes putting their lives in jeopardy.
The supposedly infamous laws passed in Florida and elsewhere, in contrast, use a “reasonable person” standard for determining when it is proper to defend oneself — requiring that a reasonable person would believe that another individual intends to inflict serious bodily harm or death on them.
Pundits who’ve had a field day ripping apart Stand Your Ground laws repeatedly fail to mention that crucial “reasonable person” standard.
The wild speculation that the laws give broad license for vigilantes to go around recklessly shooting people are a totally irresponsible caricature. Ultimately, it is judges or jurors who determine what constitutes a reasonable fear under such a law, not the person who fires the gun. . . .


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Blogger Zundfolge said...

Its pretty clear that the Trayvon Martin shooting case is the reason that "Stand Your Ground" laws are currently drawing the ire of folk like Bloomberg and other anti-self defense politicians.

What's ironic is that if George Zimmerman's account of the events is accurate, the shooting would have still been considered legitimate self defense even in a state with a "duty to retreat".

He says he was laying on his back with Trayvon sitting on him, beating him and telling him he was going to kill him.

Can't retreat any further from that position.

4/25/2012 10:34 AM  

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