‘Stand your ground’ states see increa...

‘Stand your ground’ states see increase in homicides

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This is good

Chicago, IL

#1 Aug 14, 2014
Every time a spook is shot down the shooter should be able to collect a $100.00 reward for saving his fellow citizens grief from an out if control coon and saving the state money for prosecution.
‘Stand your ground’ states see increase in homicides
by Amel Ahmed
States that desire to combat violent crime or reduce overall homicide rates should either repeal or refuse to enact “stand your ground” legislation, according to a recent report issued by a task force commissioned by the American Bar Association [PDF].
The National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws, convened in 2013, conducted a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of the impact of “stand your ground” legislation on public safety, individual liberties, and the criminal justice system.
The 62-page report, issued on Friday, found that “stand your ground” laws, which vary from state to state, obstruct law enforcement, confuse law enforcement personnel, and disproportionately affect minorities.
“Stand your ground” legislation has failed to deter crime, and, in fact, has led to an increase in homicides, the report said. States with “stand your ground” laws experienced an 8 percent increase in the number of homicides compared with states without such laws.
Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, a professor at and the chair of the department of criminal justice at Temple University, saw the report’s conclusions as unequivocal.“If our aim is to increase criminal justice system costs, increase medical costs, increase racial tension, maintain our high adolescent death rate and put police officers at greater risk, then this is good legislation,” Ratcliffe said.“There is no reliable and credible evidence to support laws that encourage ‘stand your ground.’”
Currently, 33 states have in place “stand your ground” legislation, which substantially expands the bounds of self-defense law. The terminology entered popular lexicon when George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin in 2012 in Florida.
Since then,“stand your ground” laws have come under intense scrutiny, particularly by those who say the laws endanger young black men.
Under “stand your ground,” individuals who reasonably believe they are facing an imminent threat of bodily harm may use force to defend themselves, including the use of deadly force. There is no legal duty to retreat, even when safe to do so, an element that marks a significant and troubling departure from traditional self-defense rules.
Critics of the law say that it promotes a shoot-first mentality.
A former military officer cited in the report pointed to the absurdity of encouraging deadly force in public spaces.“Stand your ground” laws, he said, provide a more lenient rule for a civilians’ use of a firearm than is available to a police officer or even a soldier at war.
“It is troubling that under ‘stand your ground,’ there are less restrictions imposed on U.S. service members using deadly force when they return to the United States, than when they are deployed in a combat environment,” Christopher Jenks, an assistant professor of law at Southern Methodist University and director of the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic, said in the report.
The task force also found that “stand your ground” laws reinforce racial bias due to cultural stereotypes about certain racial groups being more threatening. In instances where a white shooter kills a black victim, that homicide was 350 percent more likely to be ruled as justified under “stand your ground,” than if a white shooter killed a white person.
Both police officers and prosecutors uniformly expressed confusion over how to enforce these laws, the report said, a reality that is leading to widespread opposition from law enforcement personnel towards “stand your ground” laws.

carry a throw away 22

Chicago, IL

#2 Aug 14, 2014
Then plant it on the perp ,the cops do it all the time!
Good idea

Chicago, IL

#3 Aug 14, 2014
Just make sure the perps fingerprints on are it.

Mountain View, CA

#5 Aug 17, 2014
When you stand your ground and kill some bad guy that's not a homicide you f*ckin democrat.

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