Abolish Stand Your Ground
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind said by famous peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi. This law has caused people to kill first instead of trying to avoid conflict. If we don’t change the logistics of this law then we won’t know which side of the law that we stand on. The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide as much clarity as possible, not expand racism and discrimination. Laws should always bring about the practical results their promoters claim they’ll achieve. This law should help to bring us together as nation not tear us apart. This law should be abolished and buried. In the United States, stand-your-ground law states that an individual has no duty to retreat from any place they have lawful right to be and may use any level of force, including lethal, if they reasonably believe they face an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death. Anyone that’s being violated or assaulted against their will and is threatened for their life can use this law. In order to present a case in court one must you have to be able to present a strong case and have evidence to defend yourself. Not all states use or possess this law, but there are a lot that do. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia are all the states that have the law in their state. There are a lot of states that use the law, but Florida has recently had the most problems occur with this law. Between the Trayvon Martin trial and Jordan Davis trial both instances where “stand your ground” took place.
We really have to question ourselves is the George Zimmerman way the American way? We are not all bad people, but with all of these gun laws and opportunities that we have we can do something of extreme proportions. It’s something bad waiting to happen. It’s funny that in the state of Florida you’re able to get a gun before you’re able to drink alcohol. “Racism is not about bad manners, but a system of privilege, discrimination, and brutality embedded in our American society” (Younge 2) . We are taking advantage of the law and the government can’t stop us because they are the ones causing the problem. This law is just like a get out of jail free card just like in Monopoly. This is where the problems of the law come into play because no one likes to state the fact about the law. It can cause some to commit an unjustified murder that could’ve been prevented with common sense and without the courage of being able to fire back and not get in trouble. People can become vigilantes just like George Zimmerman. This man decided to follow a young man that didn’t have a gun and interacted with him because he wanted to. Florida’s statute allows someone to use force if he or she “reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend him or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force.” The “reasonable belief” standard is not unique to stand-your-ground laws, but it opens a vast loophole for extreme subjectivity when it is applied in conjunction with them. This has created problems that even the law’s supporters should acknowledge. People try to fight instead of flee the scene and put there life at risk. Instead of trying to avoid a problem they stay and try to start something where it could’ve been avoided and saved a life or someone should’ve went to jail.
Now everyone should be able to defend themselves in any situation. Now there comes a time where you must ask yourselves is it justified or not. There are lot cases where the murders are not justified. People try to use the law to present a case and get themselves out of trouble. Of the 133 cases in which the “Stand Your Ground” defense was used, 73...
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