There are cries now by the low-information people in the wake of the Zimmerman trial verdict to call for an end to the Stand Your Ground law in Florida and elsewhere. This is of course a mistake. The Stand Your Ground law of Florida prevented a double tragedy from happening.
Without this law. George Zimmerman would be spending the rest of his life in jail for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Or he may even be on death row facing his own execution. Thus 2 lives and 2 families would be torn apart. Or the other senario would have been Trayvon Martin on trial going to prison and possibly death row for the murder of George Zimmerman after bashing his head into the concrete sidewalk.
Again both of these senarios creates a double tragedy. The stand your ground law prevents this from occuring. As any individual faced with a no-retreat dangerous situation can use deadly force to save themselves from harm.
Stand your ground laws do not make it easy for a person to committ murder at will. They are very specific in the language used. And if challenged, one must prove before a jury that the use of deadly force was justified. Otherwise you just committed murder and will face the just punishment for taking the life of another man.
The stand your ground laws are not to blame for the death of Trayvon Martin. His tragic death was the end result of him pinning and bashing George Zimmerman’s head into the concrete sidewalk. Giving no choice but to use deadly force.