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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Not a Slam-Dunk

Florida v. Zimmerman isn't going to be easy. We need to prepare ourselves for the real possibility that Trayvon Martin's killer will be freed. Either way, the law needs to be revisited:

"A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

I'm not an attorney. But the wording of this portion of the "Stand Your Ground" law seems to give ordinary citizens a power equivalent to that of police officers, who receive specialized training to determine the severity of the threats around them, as well as to handle weapons.

It also seems that if I were a lunatic, I could go around baiting people to punch me so I'd have the opportunity to shoot them.

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