Stand Your Ground Law Examined

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL -- April 12, 2012 --

The arrest of George Zimmerman clears the way for a task force created by Governor Rick Scott to begin examining how the 2005 "Stand Your Ground" law has been working in Florida. The Governor believes more than the Zimmerman case must be examined.

Since the release of George Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call to police, Stand your ground legislative sponsors have been saying the law doesn't apply because Zimmerman appeared to be pursing Trayvon Martin.

But a reading of Florida law says even an aggressor has the right to use deadly force if they have exhausted every reasonable means to escape danger.

With George Zimmerman now facing charges, Governor Rick Scott says it is now time to start examining Stand Your Ground.

The National Rifle Association is refusing comment, saying it want's to hear what evidence is presented to a jury.
Rick Scott says looking at cases other than Zimmerman's may be more useful.

A meeting of prosecutors and others last week saw evidence that justifiable homicide cases have nearly tripled since Stand your ground became the law in 2005.

The Governor has named Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll to head the Stand Your Ground Law Task Force. She was a member of the legislature when the measure was approved.

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  • by Barbara Standard Location: Homosassa, Fl. on Apr 15, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    SYG Law = License to Kill!
    My unarmed son was murdered by a neighbor with a grudge who lay in wait for him to emerge from his home after dark, shot and killed in his own yard. The killer "claimed" a rock was thrown. My son was in his underwear and barefooted, unaware a killer laid in wait. No arrest, no charges thanks to SYG. It is an abomination. THERE IS NO JUSTICE in Florida with this insane law. MURDERERS WALK FREE IN FLORIDA.
  • by Gus Location: Orlando on Apr 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    Ignorant the comment from the senator that says the Stand your ground law should be change to say that if there is anyone dead, there should be an opportunity for an arrest. There is already an opportunity for an arrest but that has to be made on a case by case basis by the police and there is no need to change the law. Or does he means to say that every time there is a dead an arrest must be made. Imagine you shoot and kill someone inside your home that broke in at 3 am and the police say sorry we have to arrest you. Come on!
  • by Frank on Apr 13, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    Why examine it? You have never had to retreat if it would endanger you and this has been around before the so called 'stand your ground law' was ever created. This was specifically told to me when I was selected for a murder trial jury in 1975, so it is in the court records.
  • by dog Location: gone on Apr 13, 2012 at 06:18 AM
  • by M on Apr 13, 2012 at 05:39 AM
    Leave SYG alone. Nothing wrong with it.
  • by Reality on Apr 13, 2012 at 05:04 AM
    The Martin shooting is simply being used as a smokescreen to whip up fervor agains legal gun owners and the SYG law. The Stand Your Ground law was written on the grounds that you have a right to protect yourself and your family from violence from others. It is even silly that a law is needed for such a fundamental principle, but sadly is is needed to protect potential victims from civil lawsuits stemming from a self-defense related shooting. It also helps to protect battered wives from their husbands, it also allows private citizens to intervene with force to prevent a kidnapping, rape, deadly assault, etc. I would say that there are many good citizens alive today that were able to defend themselves with impunity due to SYG. George Zimmerman did not use SYG, he is a murderer and is simply hiding behind SYG. This was neither the intent of the law nor a situation in which SYG applies. Long live the 2nd Amendment and I hope Gov. Scott will do the right thing and stand up for our right to protect ourselves.
  • by jd Location: tally on Apr 13, 2012 at 03:30 AM
    this LAW was OK a couple years back when two black males got into it and one killed the other ,,,now all this B/S coming about because of two different people of different races and a black male was killed..I b a 65 year old black male,,,I will always stand my ground...NOT going to let any of these Thugs hurt me ..
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Apr 13, 2012 at 02:12 AM
    Our "Lets get to work guy" who's earned my vote again up till now needs to watch out here? Pandering and appeaceing to please a few thats breaking most of the laws and doing more then their fair share of all crimes could cost you.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2012 at 01:16 AM
    There is no need to change SYG. The right to self-defense belongs to everyone.
  • by Justified Location: close by on Apr 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
    The Stand Your Ground law need to be revised. No one should have the right to kill after pursing and becoming aggressive or confronting danger. If you confront someone for no good reason then shoot them even if they become upset with you. You cause this! If you shoot someone after starting a fight that would be chicken blooded of you. Stand your ground means, your ground not someones private space. Take a step back and think if everyone started shooting to kill just because. The law want you to escape danger not put yourself in danger. Use common sense folks! What is reasonable? When do you exhaust all other options before killing? If authority (911) give you instructions they should be followed under this law. Mr. Scott is not coming for your guns. He just want to make the law better than it is. Relax! The NRA is not excited about this improvement. You never know who is carrying a gun, take care of yourself. "Johnny get your gun" and your CCW! Now, people have more of a need for ccw permits, line up. Change the law on who gets ccw permits as well, relax those rules so everyone can protect themselves. If everyone is giving ccw permits maybe that will fix the SYG law. If a person take your gun and use it on you do they have the right to protect themselves?
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      by One Shot on Apr 13, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to Justified
      Stand your ground doesn't give the right to pursue and kill you idiot. Do a little research before you open your stupid mouth next time.
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