Stand Your Ground Law

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Should killing in self-defense be legal? The stand your ground law should be legal nationwide. There is a need for excessive force in life threating situations. Citizens should be allowed to use lethal force to protect themselves when they are in fear of their life. People should not go to jail for killing to protect themselves. The law protects the innocent from being wrongfully persecuted and is an extra layer of protection. Fear of death is the worst possible fear of all. “Fear in American society today is at levels unknown in history” says Mr. Grossman (Germani Clara). People buy guns for their reasons. The negative attitude towards the stand your ground law is often caused by a lack of knowledge and misinterpretation of important information.…show more content…
The law means “a person can use deadly force in response to non-deadly force, even in public places such as shopping malls, public streets, restaurants, churches and etc.…” (Snyder Jeffrey R.). “Gun right supporters say that self-defense is a fundamental right and that it is improperly a bridged by a duty to retreat in the face of danger” (Palazzolo Joe). “They broadened the self-defense law by removing the requirement in most states that a person who is attacked has a duty to retreat before responding with deadly force” (Snyder Jeffery) That means if there is a threat and someone believes that their life is in danger, they can respond with deadly force without retreating. The state of Florida was the first state to pass the stand your ground law in 2005, “twenty states have passed the stand your ground law since then” (Orlando Sentinel). “Neither Congress nor the executive branch can force states to change their laws” (Jonsson…show more content…
She went to jail because the court decided it was not self-defense because she was not in danger when she killed him (Blasie Lilia). They feared their life constantly and still went to jail because they decided to do something about it. The law is here to prevent people from wrongfully going to jail. “The stories of partners who inflicted years of staggering abuse, of communities that stood mute, and of harsh sentences under what the women describe as archaic law and unjust justice system” (Cooper Candy J.). Kevin Calvey a Republican for Oklahoma State said, “Law-abiding citizens are not going to take it anymore” (Cohen Bradford), people living in fear scared for their
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