“Stand Your Ground” Benefits The Vulnerable In Society
When Florida adopted a Stand Your Ground law in 2005, it not only protected law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense, but also birthed a movement that began sweeping the country state by state. Steadily, states throughout the South and Midwest—including the upper Midwest—began instituting laws that erased any requirement that a law-abiding citizen retreat or even try to retreat when threatened with lethal force.
By 2012, well over half the states in the country had Stand Your Ground statutes, and the popularity of the law went beyond Republican versus Democrat. In fact, Democrat governors were signing the self-defense statutes into law in their states as well, such as in Michigan, where a Stand Your Ground law was signed by Democrat Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2006.
But a war was launched against Stand Your Ground after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. The so-called “mainstream” media, Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, the national Democratic Party, and gun control groups all joined hands to call for a rethinking—and even a repeal—of Stand Your Ground statutes around the country.By 2012, well over half the states in the country had Stand Your Ground statutes …