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Mon Jul 15, 2013, 12:40 PM

Deaths Nearly Triple Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted

A timely reminder of a story that surfaced shortly after the Martin murder.

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – As some state lawmakers are calling for a re-thinking of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows people to defend themselves from danger without the need to first try to get away, an analysis of state data shows deaths due to self defense are up over 200 percent since the law took effect.

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin by an armed, self-appointed Central Florida crime watch volunteer who claimed he shot in self defense has sparked a national debate about Florida’s law, technically known as the Castle doctrine.

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Until 2005, it was generally considered self defense if someone tried to get into your home or invade your property, so long as you could show deadly force was the last resort. In 2005, the “Stand your Ground” law removed the need to retreat before using force, even in public.

That’s the justification George Zimmerman used when he shot and killed Miami Gardens teen Treyvon Martin, who was returning to his father’s fiance’s house from a convenience store visit when Zimmerman spotted him and deemed him suspicious. Before the police he called arrived, he claims Martin attacked him and he shot in fear for his life.

Police accepted his story, and let him go, sparking national outrage. Zimmerman remains free. .......

More at: MIAMI CBS

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Mon Jul 15, 2013, 12:45 PM

1. and how many "non-whites" were found guilty while using the SYG defense?

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Mon Jul 15, 2013, 12:45 PM

2. Duh. Write an immunity clause into the law and wtf do you expect.

Every pistol packing wannabe will think they are good to go.

Don't get me wrong - I am a firm 2A advocate but a 200% increase in "self defense" shootings should tell you something.

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