Stand Your Ground Laws Must Stand

From The Buckeye Firearms Association By Jeff Knox, July 30, 2013

On July 13, 2013, a jury of 6 women, 5 white, and one “non-white,” – all but one of them mothers – found George Zimmerman not guilty both of second degree murder and of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Those who accuse George Zimmerman of being a one-man lynch mob, and who continue to call for an actual lynching of Zimmerman – both by mobs and by the authorities – are now calling for the lynching of a self-defense standard which has been settled law in the US since the 1920s. Today’s state Stand Your Ground laws like Florida’s are based in the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown v. U.S. in which Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. stated; “The right of a man to stand his ground and defend himself when attacked with a deadly weapon, even to the extent of taking his assailant’s life, depends upon whether he reasonably believes that he is in immediate danger of death or grievous bodily harm from his assailant, and not upon the detached test whether a man of reasonable prudence, so situated, might not think it possible to fly with safety or to disable his assailant, rather than kill him. …”

Justice Holmes went on to say; “Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife.” Or, it could be reasonably added, an uplifted fist or conveniently located slab of sidewalk.

Stand Your Ground must continue to stand as the law of the land.


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