Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground laws came about as the result of overzealous prosecutors and, more often, overzealous civil litigation attorneys using their discretion to put the screws to folks who dared use a gun to protect their lives or the lives of their loved ones.

If you think health care costs are high, try defending against a murder rap or a wrongful death case even when evidence is clear it was self-defense.

NBC News notes:
There are three parts to Florida's Stand Your Ground law. It states that a person is presumed to have reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm when using defensive force if an intruder has broken into his or her home or vehicle and is justified in using force; it states that a person does not have a duty to retreat if he or she believes death or bodily harm is imminent; and it provides immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force. 
Suing people who shoot someone else in defense is a huge problem in America. It's damn near an industry unto itself. Even in cases where it the perpetrator of a crime is shot in the commission of a violent assault on someone, the perp's family can still sue unless there's some protection under something like a Stand Your Ground statute.

Even though the litigation is frivolous, ambulance chasing attorneys know, chances are, they can shake out some kind of settlement with a defendant who wants to make the case go away. Especially true if there's any kind of liability insurance in play.

We've seen how the Department of Justice seeks to bend the rules to appease the mob and keep hounding George Zimmerman. Seems to me, for those who believe in an individual's rights, this only enhances the argument in favor of Stand Your Ground.

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