Are You For or Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws? [Poll]
Stand Your Ground laws are based on the principle that a person whose life is threatened has the right to use deadly force in self-defense without the duty to first retreat from the attacker. The laws prohibit arrest and prosecution and often also grant civil immunity to the shooter. Lawyers.com reported a Texas A&M University study showed no decrease in crime but an increase in homicides in states with Stand Your Ground laws, while the Gun Owners of America responded that the study was biased. Stand Your Ground laws exist in 24 states, including Florida, where George Zimmerman is on-trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman did not assert Stand Your Ground protection, but the case renewed national debate on the topic. Lawyers.com reporter Michele Bowman who has been covering the Zimmerman trial, wrote this updated analysis of Stand Your Ground, factoring in race.
Take our poll and find out if other readers support or oppose Stand Your Ground.