4/12: ‘Stand your ground’ laws

Moderated by Rick Badie

Shoot. Don’t retreat.

“Stand your ground” laws in Georgia and other states allow people to use deadly force if they believe their lives are in danger.

Supporters say such self-defense statutes empower potential victims to protect themselves.

Opponents deem them bad policies that grant people a license to kill. Today’s guest columnists weigh in.

What do you think?

30 comments Add your comment

Don't Tread

April 12th, 2012
5:21 pm

I wonder what the rap sheets show of the so-called “victims” of justifiable homicides and self-defense. That would be an interesting statistic. My guess is that society is much better off without these people. It costs exactly $0 to keep dead criminals fed, locked up, and off the streets.

Not Blind

April 12th, 2012
5:02 pm

Have I missed something ? Have we had a situation where a SYG law was misused ? The Zimmerman situation doesn’t even apply. SYG gives law abiding citizens protections under the law when a bad person is intent on doing them harm. SYG laws are not race based, class based, income based or in any way specific to anybody except a law abiding citizen.

Ruger66

April 12th, 2012
11:44 am

The constitution says I have a right to life. That also means I have a right and responsibility to protect that life. Now with that said, it takes common sense as well, which unfortunately, not everyone has.

Shoot a person just cause he/she smarts off or cuts you off in traffic is not using common sense. If a much larger person attacks me, yeah, it’s time to protect my life by any means necessary.

middleground

April 12th, 2012
11:09 am

HIstory shows that governments kill more human beings then stand your ground deaths.
This is about government wanting to control us and make us defensless.
Women should be outraged at the call for the left to take their protection away.

williebkind

April 12th, 2012
10:35 am

If I was six feet plus, in good physical shape, and determined, you would need a gun to keep me off yur a$$. But most of you are against guns so it does not matter that a blow from such a bigger man could damage you for the rest of your life. Are you really that naive. Has mommy always protected you?

Mark

April 12th, 2012
10:15 am

“Stand your ground” seems to give the shooter a “get out of jail free card”, if he or she will simply state they felt threatened. It is too easy to get away with murder.

Law enforcement had a tough job before these laws went into effect, now …. (geeze)

boo hoo

April 12th, 2012
10:14 am

i honked at a guy walking in the road this morning, he happened to be black. I did this so cars, including mine could get by. His response was to then walk in the MIDDLE of the road, even more than he was doing. I guess he was standing his ground. He showed me and my cracker arse who was boss. In truth, he has a great chance to wind up dead or in jail according to the numbers, so who’s to say I wouldn’t act like an annoying fly in the ointment and thumb my nose at every cracker if I had no future and was full of hate. Personally, I’m boycotting blacks in this country, I don’t see the sense in giving them any help, they don’t want it, I have to worry about my self and my family, my compassion has dried up.

boo hoo

April 12th, 2012
10:05 am

Live like a thug die like a thug. Sad really, now tons of black teens want to be just like him, they’ll wind up shot or in jail too. following false leaders all the way to their own demise like dumb little sheep, makes for great TV though

Common Sense

April 12th, 2012
9:11 am

What’s the alternative? So you don’t stand your ground, you don’t defend yourself, and you end up dead.

Just what was the murder rate in the state of Florida last year versus those who claimed to stand their ground?

There have been 120 murders in Chicago in the first quarter? Do you think even one of them would have liked to stand their ground?

Stand your ground means that the victim does not have to retreat. We do not yet know who was the victim in Florida’s case.

Wait for the evidence. Then decide.

curious

April 12th, 2012
8:50 am

What’s missing is judgment.

Anytime an armed person kills an unarmed (no visible gun or knife) person be sure there are no one that can dispute your version of the event.

Since Martin isn’t around to tell his side and the witness only saw the struggle (not how the struggle began), how do we know that it wasn’t Martin trying to prevent Zimmerman from shooting him?

The police did a bad job in this situation, no matter how it turns out.