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3Qs: Debating the impact of ‘stand your ground’ laws. Northeastern.edu


Herr Heckler Koch

The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager shot by self-appointed community watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida, has sparked a turbulent nationwide dialogue on race and so-called “stand your ground” laws, which authorize the use of lethal force in cases of self-defense. On Tuesday, Deborah Ramirez, a professor in the School of Law, spoke at a panel convened by Congressional Democrats to address the case.


Regular Member
Apr 2, 2011
Fayetteville NC
Prof. Ramirez' first and second points are offered without evidence. She makes it sound like community watch volunteers nationwide are barely beyond being a vigilante force, and that the law enforcement department all across Florida are suddenly very lax in investigating killings. The killings may have tripled, and an increased number of shooters have used the stand-your-ground defense, but how many of those excuses were found to be valid?

Herr Heckler Koch

I would suggest that Ramirez is quite naive of her subject here, particularly for not addressing the "2.5 million defensive gun uses per year." Neighborhood watch interactions are some fraction of that 2.5 million, tipping the balance waay against her argument.