Stand Your Ground with Caution
The Stand Your Ground law says a person can kill someone in self-defense. This can create a culture of violence. Under this “shoot first” law, one can engage in violent behavior in the name of self-defense and therefore have a license to kill. When citizens have everyday conflicts such as road rage, neighborly disputes, and suspicion of other races, they’re now allowed to resolve problems with guns. This will lead to more people killing others using the “self-defense” excuse. Because “justifiable” killings have tripled since the Stand Your Ground law passed in 2005, it’s reasonable to assume that it will increase elsewhere also. When we are allowed to take the law into our own hands, our rights get trampled.
We are all in danger if we’re not sure whether our neighbor may be packing heat. There’s already more danger than ever before, and it’s only going to get worse if similar laws get passed. People are more likely to get shot if this law and similar laws get passed. In short, Stand Your Ground is a law that creates more trouble than it’s worth. Repealing it will show we respect our citizens’ lives.