Stand Your Ground Laws Essay

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To begin, what is the “Stand Your Ground Law”? Well many states such as: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia have stand your ground laws which state that individuals do not have to retreat before using force in a self- defense situation or many states have laws that are remarkably similar to stand your ground laws. Stand Your Ground laws started in 2005 when Florida was the first state that passed the stand your ground law which basically allowed individuals to stand their ground instead of fleeing or retreating if they believed…show more content…
As of 2014 the only states that still abide by the duty to retreat are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. Due to the elimination of the duty to retreat self-defense concept or the underuse of the duty to retreat self- defense concept in many states; recently the Stand Your Ground Law has become one of the most controversial and infamous laws in the United States(Thomson Reuters,2014). Personally, I strongly disagree with the Stand Your Ground Law and believe that the Stand Your Ground law is widely controversial for a plethora of reasons: it promotes violence, it causes major racial issues, it acts as a justifiable excuse for taking another human beings life, and it makes the offender who committed the murder or violent offense feel justified for their wrongdoings. As of late many cases have occurred involving the Stand Your Ground law; however, none have been more controversial, more compelling, or illustrate my views better than the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case (State of Florida v. George Zimmerman) and the Marissa Alexander v. The State of Florida case. On February 26, 2012 Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old African- American male walking home to his father’s

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