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View Diary: Stand Your Ground, even if it's not yours, and actually belongs to the people you shoot: GunFAIL LV (100 comments)

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  •  "People are often not very smart." Amen. (18+ / 0-)

    Especially when they are so completely enraged that they are willing to pull a trigger and kill someone. Or so completely in fear that they are willing to pull a trigger and kill someone. Or so pumped on adrenalin (and other complex mental cocktails) that they are willing to pull a trigger and kill someone. Or so depressed. Or so psychotic. Etc. The insane "stand your ground" laws will likely enable more such murders, as you suggest, such as the murder of sixty year-old brothers Garrick and Carl Hopkins, Jr. http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Gun fetishists fantasize that they will be calm, cool, collected, rational, have enough facts, be accurate in aiming, nothing unexpected will happen (e.g., the teen who runs into the line of fire, the mistaken identify), not only be prepared but actually shoot first and kill/disarm the foe first (otherwise they will be taken out), etc., etc., etc. -- in order that they and their gun will the heroes of the situation. That happens, albeit rarely -- and perhaps only 1/3 the number of times that a gun-owner kills him/herself or someone in his family/friends. Still, it's the fantasy that helps arm so many Americans.

    Some people actually think that since they once heard of such a law somewhere, it applies everywhere, and basically means that they can shoot anyone they see if they think there's a threat to their property, or maybe even someone else's property. People are often not very smart.
    Ayup.

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