According to the law “Stand Your Ground,” anyone can kill someone “found to be threatening.” Unfortunately, this law has potential to create a culture of violence. Under “shoot first” laws, a threatened person may act with violent behavior in the name of self-defense. Now, conflicts such as road rage, neighborly disputes, and suspicion of other races may be solved using firearms. Over time, killings will continue to increase because using the “self defense” excuse is so easy. Since this law’s institution, Florida has seen the number of “justifiable killings” increase by 300%, proving that “Stand Your Ground” leads to more murders. Allowing ordinary citizens to take the law into their own hands increases the chance of seeing people’s rights trampled.
“Stand Your Ground” affects everyone because there is always a possibility someone is packing heat. There are already more people carrying guns than ever before, and it’s only going to get worse if more of these laws are passed. Passing laws such as “Stand Your Ground” will cause innocent people to get shot. In short, “Stand Your Ground” creates more trouble than it’s worth. Repealing this law will prove to the people of Florida that the government is concerned with the use of weapons.