In 2012, security guard George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin after stopping the youth to question him about being where he was so late at night. Martin physically attacked Zimmerman, pounding his head backward against the pavement, so fearing for his life, Zimmerman shot the youth.
Anti-gun Democrats claim that Zimmerman was acquitted because of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which was passed in 2005.
A liberal Democrat in the state legislature, Shervin Jones, has introduced a bill that calls for the elimination of the state’s Stand Your Ground law, citing the case of Zimmerman and Martin.
(Bearing Arms) – There are few laws on the books more important for the average citizen than Stand Your Ground statutes. These laws remove even the hint that someone faced with an armed attacker should have to risk their life further to try and get away from the scumbag and can instead respond with lethal force. It makes it possible for people to act in defense of themselves or others without having to delay and worry about whether they’ll be prosecuted or not.
Now, a South Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill to repeal the law and at least one so-called journalist is ecstatic about it.
Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which lets you shoot anyone who threatens your life, even if you provoked the encounter, is so sh*tty it’s been clearly tied to a huge uptick in murders since it was passed in 2005. It sucks so bad it let George Zimmerman kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in 2012. It sucks so bad that the incident basically created the modern Black Lives Matter movement. Yet Florida legislators last year voted to strengthen the law and make it easier for people to kill others and invoke Stand Your Ground protections...
How is one supposed to flee a scene when they are being attacked on the ground and having their head smashed against the concrete? Secondly, Jones’ bill will only further strip American citizens of their right of self-defense and give the upper hand to criminals who will undoubtedly take advantage of the bill, if it manages to become law.