Essay on Stand Your Ground Rule

1231 Words Sep 15th, 2014 5 Pages
Stand your ground rule
Julio Martinez
ITT Technical Institute
Mr. Horne

Abstract A "stands your ground" law states that a person may use deadly force in self-defense without the duty to retreat when faced with a reasonable perceived threat. So what's the problem with this law, it seems that since the shooting of Trayvon Martin this law got put in the spot light, or is it racial profiling. Can the press play a big part on how this law is being criticize or are they using these shooting for rating.

Stand your ground rule
So what is the stand your ground rule? A “stands your ground” law states that a person may use deadly force in self-defense without the duty to retreat when faced with a reasonable perceived threat. The laws
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Zimmerman claimed he killed Martin in self-defense, and under Florida’s “stand your ground” law he was not arrested on the night of Martin’s death. So why did he not get arrested the night of the shooting? Was it because after the incident was released to the press about a white male shooting a young black man so it became a hate crime, or was it because the investigation determine that the use of deadly force was not justifiable. Some of the question that arises is: What was Trayvon Martin doing in that gated community? Why was a person on neighborhood watch carrying a gun? The truth is that we will never know what really happened that night, but what we do know is that the shooting of Trayvon Martin has trigger similar claims of self-defense.
Let’s look at Jordan Davis shooting, and let’s take race out of the question. Michael Dunn shot a young man over loud music. He claims that he was pumping gas in his truck when a sport utility vehicle pull over at the pump next to him, and the music was so loud that he couldn’t concentrate. So he claims to approach the vehicle and calmly asked them to lower the music, the young man reacted to the request, and the situation got out of control. Dunn claims that the young man had a weapon and was afraid for his life so he shot Davis, and still while the SUV drove away he continued to shot. So why keep shooting at a vehicle that’s driving away? and was loud music justifiable to the extent of a death sentence. Where is the

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