Stand Your Ground laws allow individuals who are threatened to protect themselves in a dangerous situation, reports Jorge Amselle of the Daily Caller. In many cases, this is essential to ensure one’s safety. Forcing people who are able to defend themselves to retreat could risk them getting hurt, as getting away isn’t always enough. Stand Your Ground laws also protect individuals who shoot someone from being prosecuted in ways that disregard the fear and stress they may have been under. It ensures that Americans don’t need to worry about using First Amendment rights to bear arms and protect themselves.
The parking dispute in North Pinellas, FL, which should have been resolved normally, ended in bloodshed because of liberal Stand Your Ground laws, argues the Tampa Bay Times in an editorial. They make it extremely hard to prosecute individuals who shoot others, as long as they have even a slight claim that they felt threatened. This is the result of incredibly poor lawmaking and lessens the safety of citizens. It makes resorting to shooting someone not a clear offense, as it should be, but a justified response to almost any level of confrontation. Stand Your Ground laws are a danger to society and need to be undone.