New Op-ed in Philadelphia Inquirer on Stand Your Ground Law
On Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg knew what was responsible for Trayvon Martin's death: Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Or, as Bloomberg calls it: a "shoot-first" law.
According to Bloomberg: "'shoot-first' laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns. Such laws - drafted by gun-lobby extremists in Washington - encourage deadly confrontations by enabling people to shoot first and argue 'justifiable homicide' later."
Many others have taken the same line since Saturday's verdict. But they don't understand the law. Nor do they understand why it was completely irrelevant to the George Zimmerman trial. . . . .The relevant part of the law for Zimmerman's case is unchanged in the US from before the country was started. When you can't retreat, as with someone on top of you, the relevant law is no different than if the same case had happened in Florida 150 or 200 years ago.
The Pennsylvania law is available here: