There are people
who take this law
to the extreme, [but]
I do want to keep
the right to protect
myself and my family without
fear from the law.
Staten Island, NY
You have to do anything you can to
protect your family.
laws protect citizens
from criminals and
government and law
enforcement cannot be every-
thing to everyone at all times.
ground” laws a
THE CONTROVERSY surrounding the gunshot death of a Florida teenager
this year has ignited a nationwide debate about stand-your-ground laws in
various states. These laws say, essentially, that a person may use deadly
force in self-defense where there is a reasonable perceived threat, without
having to try to avoid a conflict first. Proponents say these laws protect
potential victims of violence by letting them defend themselves before
they have run out of options. Critics argue these laws give more leeway
to aggressors and contribute to escalating violence in our country.
What do you think?
San Jose, CA
Such laws may
people to act
for human life.
These laws answer
what is perceived
as evil with more
bad rather than
focusing on positive
Find out more about this topic on the Web:
www.wikipedia.org (Search “Stand Your Ground law”)
www.nber.org (Search “Stand Your Ground and homicides”)
www.northescambia.com (Search “Standing up for Stand Your Ground”)
www.ebony.com (Search “Standing up against Stand Your Ground”)
to creating a
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