Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"Stand Your Ground"...an equal opportunity offender.

Picture this!
You live in a state that has a “Stand Your Ground “law on the books. 
You are white. 
You just had a major disagreement with a white colleague. 
You go for a jog in your white middle class neighborhood to calm down.
As you return to your middle class home you find your still pissed off colleague sitting on your stoop.
Words are exchanged. 
The rhetoric gets heated. 
Your colleague pushes you. 
You take a swing.
Your colleague pulls a gun and fires.
You’re dead!
Your colleague calls the cops and claims he feared for his life when he pulled the trigger.
Is he telling the truth? 
Can anyone prove otherwise? 
How does anyone know what was in his mind when he pulled that trigger?
The “Stand Your Ground” law is a horrible law.  It promotes vigilantism and emboldens those who carry a gun to use it at the slightest provocation.
It is colorblind.  It is an equal opportunity offender.


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