On the evening of February 26, 2012 a 17-year old unarmed boy, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon was killed by a man named Andrew Zimmerman, who stated that self-defense justified the murder of this young boy. An individual who doesn’t know the background of this case would reasonably believe that Trayvon Martin may have attacked Zimmerman, in which he used self-defense. However, Zimmerman was the initial aggressor in this case, whereas he sought after Trayvon Martin for reasons of suspicion. At Zimmerman’s trial on July 13, 2013 the jury reached a verdict of “not guilty” of the murder of Trayvon Martin. So we ask, how does one become acquitted of a murder on self-defense, even though they provoked the incident? In this case, Zimmerman was acquitted off the basis of the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida. The stand-your-ground laws were created to protect the state’s citizens however, it allows for the citizens to abuse its purpose which results in tragic deaths of innocent people.
What is the stand-your-ground law? “This law is an extension to the self-defense statutes in Florida. The Florida statute states (776.013) “if a person is in a place where he or she has a right to be, they have no duty to retreat and has a right to stand his or her ground and meet force to force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it’s necessary to do so.” This particular statement is a vague and can be interpreted in different ways based on the person, especially a trigger-happy individual. This law pertaining to Trayvon Martins case makes him the suspect and Zimmerman the victim. However, because Trayvon Martin was sought after, he initially is the victim. This spa...
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...lly kill but find justification in their actions.
The SYG laws undermine the rule of law by licensing individual citizens to become judge, jury, and executioner. It allows people the opportunity to handle fear and anger in a deadly way as well as revenge and retaliation. Every one person handles situations differently; some may be sensitive to events and some may handle it well. Therefore, by allowing people to enforce the law by using deadly force will offer a sense of shoot-to-kill freedom. It sends a nation into outrage when senseless murders are justified by the court system. When a racially biased system allows for the killings of innocent people based on skin color. In addition to, the killing of young teens that are unarmed and have a right to be where they are. SYG laws allow for a greater fear against other persons, than the fear that it is meant to relieve.
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