Stand your Ground- Sam Sarlo

A law called “Stand Your Ground” could create a culture of violence by allowing civilians to kill each other in self-defense. “Shoot first” laws give everyday citizens a license to kill. Now common conflicts such as; road rage, neighborly disputes, and suspicion of other races, are legally allowed to be resolved with guns. This legislation will definitely lead to more killing by making it too easy to use the ‘self-defense’ excuse. I believe these laws will increase the amount of murders because ‘justifiable’ killings have tripled since the 2005 Stand Your Ground law passed in Florida.

When a person is allowed to take the law into their own hands, the  rights of others often get trampled. My rights come first if I have a gun and you’re out of luck. One consequence of these laws will be more “street justice”. Don’t think it won’t effect you; everyone is less safe when they’re not sure if their neighbor is packing heat. There’s all ready more gun ownership than ever before, and it will only get worse if more of these laws are passed. By passing laws like these, innocent people are more likely to get shot. In short, Stand Your Ground laws create more trouble than they are worth. Our decision to repeal this law or not will determine whether we respect our citizen’s lives or the criminals’.

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