Florida Started It, Others Followed, We Can Stop It

Florida Stand Your Ground Statute

FloridaStandYourGround.org reports that according to an analysis of FBI data by New York’s Michael Bloomberg, co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, “States that passed Stand Your Ground laws experienced a 53.5 percent increase in ‘justifiable homicides’ in the three years following enactment; states without such laws saw a 4.2 percent increase.”

Which indicates Stand Your Ground is ineffective at the very least and at worst contributes to a higher homicide rate.

Florida seems to love controversy. Thirteen years ago it was the hanging chads of the 2000 Bush-Gore Presidential election. Now Trayvon Martin’s death has brought Stand Your Ground laws to the limelight and polarized the American public against the misuse of such laws. On October 1, 2005 – a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina – Florida, with the blessings of the National Rifle Association, became the first US State to sign “Stand Your Ground” into its laws. Let’s make it the first state to repeal it.

Florida had first Stand Your Ground law, other states followed in ’rapid succession’.

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