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  •  Stand Your Ground is a complex issue (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    in its own right.

    Readers might be interested in our first two diaries on SYG laws.  

    Report on Stand Your Ground Laws Highlights Racial Disparities (Sep 18, 2013)
    Justifiable homicides increased by an average of 53-percent since 2005 in the 22 states that have passed stand-your-ground laws—while falling in the rest of the country... In Florida, where the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman first thrust the laws into the national spotlight last spring, the increase in justifiable homicides was even higher—200 percent.
    Getting Away with Murder - Unintended Consequences of Florida's Stand-Your-Ground Laws

    "Stand Your Ground [law in Florida] essentially makes it legal to shoot one's way out of any situation that feels threatening..."

    This primer may help readers understand some evidence that Florida's vague SYG law has had unintended consequences; namely that it enables criminals to get away with murder. This diary is the second in our primer series for those who are beginning to think seriously about so-called "Stand Your Ground" Laws (SYG). Our first SYG primer, Report on Stand Your Ground Laws Highlights Racial Disparities, focused on the disturbing rise in justifiable homicides in states that have passed SYG laws.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 03:57:29 PM PDT

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