Picture this: someone is walking down the street and they sense a â€˜â€™suspiciousâ€™â€™ person following them, or so they believe. So, the person pulls out a deadly weapon (a gun, knife, etc.) and fatally wounds the other person. In Florida and other states that have a similar law, this is considered self-defense because you are â€˜â€™standing your ground.â€™â€™
There is nothing wrong with protecting yourself, but claiming self-defense even when itâ€™s not is wrong. So, what exactly is the â€˜â€™Stand Your Groundâ€™â€™ law?Â Â A stand-your-ground law states that a person may use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat. This law is not just effective in Florida, either.Â Â Other states with a similar law are Montana, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.
The problem with a â€˜â€™shoot-firstâ€™â€™ kind of law is that anyone can claim that they were acting in self-defense even if the accused did not have a weapon on them.Â Â Of course, a prime example is the Trayvon Martin case. The only â€˜â€™weaponâ€™â€™ he had on him was a bag of skittles and ice tea. Not to jump to conclusions or choose sides, but George Zimmerman (the guy who shot Trayvon Martin) was the only one with a gun.Â Â Is this really self-defense? This means that if someone is getting beat by in a fight by a weaponless person, they could pull out a gun and shoot because they can.Â Â Pulling out a weapon because you are losing a fight should not be categorized as self-defense.
Â There is nothing wrong with a self-defense law; after all there is a right-to-bear-arms amendment. However, this stand your ground law is flawed because it seems as if anyone can claim they feel â€˜â€™threatened.â€™â€™ This person can murder someone and may not even be questioned for it.Â Â There are supposed to be certain rules and regulations to claiming self-defense and the stand your ground law throws all of them out the window.Â Â I am not the only who disagrees with this type of self-defense law ether.
Â â€˜â€™I think that it can be dangerous because there can be people who use it inappropriately,” said Mays literature teacher Lillian Byrd.Â Â
Added Mays senior Jekeva Nichols, â€˜â€™Its very unfair.”Â
Â Whether or not people are for the law or against it, people should not be able to just claim self-defense anytime they feel like it. People should not be able to kill someone anytime they feel â€˜â€™threatenedâ€™â€™ either, especially if there are not witnesses or the other person does not have any weapon on them.Â
Self-defense is always understandable, but I believe some people abuse this right.