The “Stand Your Ground” law, which states that it is legal to kill someone in self-defense, can create a culture of violence. Under this “shoot first” law, violent behavior can be disguised under the term self-defense, giving society a license to kill. Under this law, everyday conflicts like road rage, neighborly disputes, and suspicion of other races can be solved with guns and classified as self-defense. This law will permit more cold-blooded killers to use self-defense as an excuse in court. For example, the number of “justifiable killings” in Florida has tripled since the “Stand Your Ground” law was passed in 2005. When a person is allowed to take the law into his own hands, rights are often trampled. The rights of the person holding the gun tend to come first, leading to “street justice.”
This law will affect all of society; every person will feel less safe, worrying that his neighbor might be carrying a firearm. There is already more social unrest than ever before, and this law only serves to make it worse. This dangerous law places innocent people at increased risk of being shot. The “Stand Your Ground” Law creates more problems than it solves.