Stand Your Ground with Caution
A law called Stand Your Ground says that a person can kill someone in self-defense. This law can create a culture of violence. Under “shoot first” laws, someone can engage in violent behavior in the name of self-defense and have a license to kill. When citizens have everyday conflicts like road rage, neighborly disputes, and suspicion of other races, they’re now allowed to resolve their everyday conflicts with guns. It’s definitely going to lead to more killings under the “self-defense” excuse. I believe these laws will increase the number of murders in Florida. Since “justifiable” killings have tripled since the Stand Your Ground law passed in 2005, it is reasonable to believe that it will happen elsewhere. When people are allowed to take the law into their own hands, the rights of the people often get trampled. One consequence of these laws will be more “street justice.”
And don’t think it won’t affect you; every person is less safe when his or her neighbor is 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. In short, Stand Your Ground is a law that creates more trouble than it’s worth. Repealing it will determine if we respect the lives of our citizens.