We certainly do owe our children a safer society than that envisioned by the corporate gun lobby. There is no common sense to any of this. I believe the gun lobby knows this. But they have been clever enough to get state legislators to believe that the average person NEEDS a law to give them license to kill. So kill they do. Here are the Florida Stand Your Ground cases through winter of 2013."The reason for that is the “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows individuals who believe they are under threat of “great bodily harm” to use lethal force to defend themselves even if, despite their subjective belief, no real threat exists. Dunn’s lawyer, Cory Strolla, cited the law explicity in his closing arguments, stating, “Michael Dunn was in a public place where he had a legal right to be, he had no duty to retreat, and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force.” Additonally, the instructions received by the jury on what constitutes justifiable homicide contained language directly from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.For thousands of years, from Biblical law through British common law and into America jurisprudence, we condemned those who took human life when it was not absolutely necessary. In fact, the very reason that our Founders created democratic government was to reject the idea that “the guys with the guns make the rules.” In order to function properly, organized government must be able to offer redress when life is taken needlessly. If it can’t do so, then citizens will be forced to seek “justice” themselves and a spiral of anarchy will begin.“Stand Your Ground” (aka “Kill at Will”) laws are the product of a new idea, popularized by the gun lobby, that it is morally acceptable—or even virtuous—to take human life when you don’t have to. This idea, when codified in law, encourages people with questionable judgment and little or no training to use lethal force with few if any consequences.The verdict in the Jordan Davis trial, coming on the heels of the acquittal of George Zimmerman and other travesties of justice, shows that Florida is embracing this vision of vigilantism and anarchy. The state is increasingly powerless to prosecute murders and residents now have no choice but assume that even mundane arguments can lead to gunplay. This might be good for the National Rifle Association, which has promoted “Stand Your Ground” laws as a way to increase profits from sales of compact pistols, but it is disastrous to public safety and civil society.Let us all heed the words of Ron Davis, Jordan’s father: “We don’t accept a law that would allow our children to be regarded as collateral damage.” All Americans of conscience must now come together to do the critical work of repealing immoral “Stand Your Ground” laws in the 26 states where they have been enacted. We owe our children, and our nation, nothing less."
Another article reflects the fear of what this means for minorities, especially those who have the misfortune to live in Florida. From the article:
I think I speak for many black people when I say that's terrifying.
We are better than this as a country. It's time for the folks with common sense to demand communities free of the gun violence that devastates too many families. The fear and paranoia spouted by the gun rights extremists is fear of something that they really can't name. Far too many shootings are domestic in nature, suicides or shootings like that of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin- senseless shootings of another human being for "looking fearful or threatening" when proof is not required. And for the shootings committed by actual criminals, domestic abusers, those who are dangerously mentally ill or fugitives and other prohibited purchasers, why aren't we trying harder to stop them from getting their guns? Human life is worth more than this. This is not the America we want or deserve. Lives depend on our getting this right because what we have now is clearly not working. It's time for that to change. Let's get to work.