Do Stand Your Ground laws do more good than harm?

Asked by: megj681
  • Increases manslaughter and murder

    There are many cases that revolve around the Stand your Ground Laws that are lethal and caused casualties.
    E1: According to the Business Insider,
    The case of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed teen allegedly gunned down by a neighborhood watchman, prompted intense criticism of "stand your ground" laws that justify use of a deadly weapon. Juror B37 stated that based on the heat of the moment and the Stand Your Ground law that Zimmerman had a right to defend himself. These laws increase manslaughter and murder and don't deter violent crimes, according to a recent study by Cheng Cheng and Mark Hoekstra at Texas A&M University. They also might escalate violence in otherwise non-lethal situations, such as Martin's case. According to the Study, we find no evidence of deterrence; burglary, robbery, and aggravated assault are unaffected by the laws. On the other hand, we find that murder and non-negligent manslaughter are increased by 7 to 9 percent. This could represent either increased use of lethal force in self-defense situations, or the escalation of violence in otherwise non-lethal situations. Regardless, the results indicate that a primary consequence of strengthening self-defense law is increased homicide.
    E2: According to the NY Times
    The shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012 at a Florida gas station was a shock to much of the nation. Testimony by his accused killer Michael Dunn in his murder trial may shock even more. Dunn has pled not guilty to charges and states that he acted in self-defense when he shot repeatedly into a SUV filled with teenagers listening to loud music. CNN reports that Dunn acknowledges that it may seem baffling to others as to why he did not call police after the incident. "You're right. It sounds crazy. ... I can just tell you I didn't do it," Dunn testified. "It makes sense that I should have. We didn't. I can't tell you why." Davis was black, and Dunn is white, so the racial overtones to the case have sparked comparisons to the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, which also happened in Florida.
    I: There are many casualties from the Stand your Ground Laws and if we don’t get rid of them, more people will die or get hurt.

  • This law does much more good than harm. Why do you think we have rights under the 2nd amendment to bear arms? Defense.

    Stand your ground laws enable people to defend themselves and who/what they care for in their homes. If this law is eliminated, you're just giving criminals more reason to commit crimes and leaving the potential victims defenseless. If this law is eliminated, crime rates will quickly rise and all the rest of the law abiding citizens will be defenseless.

  • Stand Your Ground laws give one person the right to use his or her own judgement to become the judge, jury, and executioner.

    Stand your ground laws enable one, and only one person, to use only his or her judgement to kill at will. On paper, these laws sound good: allowing people to defend themselves when in danger. But in reality, criminals get by with their crimes by taking advantage of Stand Your Ground laws. This is unfair for people who have been killed for no reason.

  • More information on the Trayvon Martin case

    What makes this case so spectacularly terrible is the fact that Zimmerman was told "walk away" and "stop following him [Martin]" by the operator he was on call with. Yet, he pursues him and is still protected by these pitiful laws that do more harm than good.

    In addition, it is reported that Zimmerman made at least 46 calls to 911 within the past year, and most of them were reporting people with African-Americans. It's disturbing how this was so evidently a case of discrimination and hate, yet this murderer is still set free.

    The idea of defending yourself, or these laws in general, look fine on paper. The reality, however, is much more fatal and devastating.

  • It supports the killers?

    The law makes it very difficult to prosecute cases against people who shoot others and then claim self-defense. The shooter can argue that he felt threatened, and in most cases, the only witness who could have argued on the other side is dead.

    This Law assists the killers. ! !

  • Not at all!

    Stand your ground laws are terrible laws that permit people to partake in vigilante acts in instances where they appear to be threatened. Rather than encouraging people to take caution and to avoid danger, stand your ground laws actually ENDORSE problems by permitting people to "stand their ground" and fight in public.

    There is nothing beneficial from stand your ground laws. These laws only encourage problems!

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Juan_Pablo says2014-04-14T16:12:38.220
I am 100% against STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS! They do not encourage common sense reactions in people. Rather than encouraging people to take caution and avoid danger - these laws encourage people to fight back (with guns) when they feel their life is threatened. No way are these laws good!