Belatedly, the state of Florida, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, is starting to question its “Stand Your Ground” law and lawmakers today convened a task force to re-examine it. Task force members include prosecutors, law enforcement officials, public defenders, judges, law professors, and state tourism officials. It’s too late for Trayvon Martin and many other homicide victims in the state, but something is better than nothing.
What ever happened to the basic castle doctrine“) laws, despite the nationwide efforts of the National Rifle Association to get such laws implemented. It’s one thing to promote laws that permit the carrying of firearms and quite another to loosen the constraints on homicide.? Self-defense is a valid defense in any court. It didn’t need to be reinforced with Stand Your Ground and Make My Day (“
At least Oklahoma’scame with the widespread word-of-mouth caution: If you shoot someone outside your house, you’d better drag them inside before you call the police. Florida’s law seems to have been interpreted so loosely as to allow and encourage citizens in any public place to become both provocateurs and executioners.
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- Task Force To Meet To Review “Stand Your Ground” Law (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Miami-Dade commissioners urge Florida Legislature to take up ‘Stand Your Ground’ following Travyon Martin’s death (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Florida Sets Up Task Force To Examine ‘Stand Your Ground’ Self-Defense Law (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- State Senator wants to examine ‘stand your ground’ law (local10.com)