Stand Your Ground

Before a death penalty or even life imprisonment is imposed, there is a trial that goes on for months and days of jury deliberation. In contrast, with stand-your-ground laws, somebody can, without any reflection at all, without any evidence, without even a crime being committed, administer the death penalty. That is inconsistent to the extreme. Stand-your-ground law should be reigned in. A shop owner should not be permitted to use it to kill a shoplifter or robber. Someone walking at night should not be permitted to use it just because they felt in danger. Using it should require being threatened with weapons or actually assaulted. It invites abuse. With a little planning, any first degree murder can masquerade as a stand-your-ground.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)