Posts Tagged ‘Stand Your Ground’

Trayvon Martin and the Stand Your Ground Law

Posted by Troy on 22nd March 2012 in Current Events

Recently a young black man, Trayvon Martin, was shot dead in Florida by George Zimmerman (white or Latino, depending on who you ask).  George Zimmerman was head of his neighborhood watch.  He noticed Trayvon Martin, followed him, and eventually slayed him.  While it is inconclusive that the slaying may or may not have had something to do with the fact that Trayvon Martin was black, this has largely been hailed as a racial slaying.

The first thing I would like to say is that Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragic one.  He appears to have been a nice guy, from what people have said of him.  Embedded hints in the stories suggests he was a nice guy.  The pictures of him show a young man of open face and smiling countenance–most street youths would not dare smile for a picture.  As someone said of MC Hammer, “The surest way to lose a rap career is to be caught smiling for a camera.”  Also, he stayed on the phone with his girlfriend.  This would suggest that he cared for her and was not dismissive of her.  Also, he walked away instead of running.  This is a trait of moral character…even if it is a very stupid instinct that can lead to a premature death.

The Left has already begun to attack Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, which replaced the “Duty to Retreat” law.  Under the duty to retreat, you had an obligation to run away if at all possible.  This means leaving your home to be looted, if need be.  Also, it means running even if you think your best chance to survive is to stand and fight or even to ambush and kill.  I would replace all such laws with the Duty to Survive.  Nature’s law has always been one of self-defense.  If someone means you harm, you should have the right to defend yourself by any means possible.  As my father always told me, it is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.

There are questions which are not being asked.  I think the first, rather insensitive question given the fact that an innocent man lays dead, is “How dangerous is this neighborhood?”  Is there a reason why Zimmerman felt paranoid?  Is Zimmerman insane?  After this, we have to ask if Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin because he was black.

Regardless of all facts and circumstances, this tragic slaying does not reduce the validity of the Stand Your Ground law.  If a man uses a car to run over someone because of the color of his skin, we do not question if cars should be made illegal.  However, we all know that the Left will soon start demanding tougher gun control laws in Florida (despite the drastic reduction of rape and other violent crimes that has happened since the right to carry and Stand Your Ground laws has passed).  Regardless, Stand Your Ground does not cover what Zimmerman did.  You do not have the right to follow someone you think could be a threat.  Even if Trayvon Martin had been a gang member, it would be irresponsible.  This is like when Ron Artest ran into the stands to beat up a fan because someone threw a plastic cup at him.  The sports announcers called it self-defense.  It is not.  It is revenge.  If someone attacks me and I fight back, it is self-defense.  If someone hits me and runs away and I chase him down and beat him up, that is revenge.  See the difference?  He did not stand his ground.  He gave chase.  That is the key principle difference.

I hope that this case is investigated.  On the surface, if sounds as though Trayvon Martin was killed wrongfully, and Zimmerman should face whatever consequences that are appropriate for his actions.  Trayvon Martin deserves justice, and it is my sincerest hope that he finds it.  However, I should never wish that the rights and liberties of the people at large should be sacrificed due to an isolated event.  Could you imagine what we would be allowed to do if they made everything illegal that led to a death?  Here’s a list!  Flying, bungee jumping, swimming, drinking, sex, over the counter drugs, driving, texting, talking on cell phones, showering, sleeping in a bed, sleeping, riding on trains, keeping an aquarium, eating, and a hundred other things.

Long Live the Constitution!

Stand Your Ground Law

Posted by Troy on 12th September 2011 in Current Events

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/double-murder-charges-dismissed-under-fl-stand-your-ground-self-defense-law/

Florida has a Stand Your Ground Law.  This replaced the “Duty to Retreat” law.  By the duty to retreat, a citizen was obligated to run away, even if the situation dictated to them that their best chance at survival is to defend themselves.  Gun control advocates despise Florida’s new law since it allows a citizen to arm and defend themselves. 

In this case, Monahan shot two people who boarded his boat without permission.  One was drunk and the other was high on drugs.  Monahan shot them while they were twenty feet away.  What the gun control people won’t readily point out is that Monahan is 65 years old.  Also, you would be very surprised how fast someone can cover twenty feet on a boat in which cover and retreating options are extremely limited.  Monahan was in fear for his life and reacted rationally and appropriately.  These individuals were already breaking the law by trespassing and being high on illegal drugs.  This should show that they could be willing to break other laws.  It’s almost impossible to judge Monahan’s state of mind at the time of the shooting.  Since there is only one witness (Monahan), his version of events must be accepted.

Let the gun control idiots complain that this case is being dismissed.  They should take a gander at Georgia’s law.  If someone is 65 or older, Georgia gives them permission to use any force necessary to defend themselves and they cannot be charge.  Go Georgia!

As my dad always told me: “When in doubt, it’s better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.”

Long Live the Constitution!