On March 26 the Voice of Russia contended that U.S. “Stand Your Ground” laws “promote brutal murder…disguised as self defense.”
The proof? No less than “the groundbreaking incident between shooter George Zimmerman and now deceased Trayvon Martin.” According to the Voice of Russia, “Americans have been acting quite differently after the court ruled in Zimmerman’s favor, claiming that the ‘stand your ground’ law protected him from being convicted of murder.”
The problem with this argument is that Zimmerman did not use “Stand Your Ground” as part of his defense. Rather, he was acquitted on self-defense grounds alone.
The Voice of Russia article points to a 2012 Tampa Bay Times’ study showing that while “Stand Your Ground” cases have been on the rise in Florida, so too have gun sales. (Shouldn’t they have written that while gun sales have been on the rise, so too have “Stand Your Ground” cases?)
The Voice of Russia did not cite or break-down the results of the Times’ study, which showed that “Stand Your Ground” ultimately makes the vulnerable less vulnerable. On March 15, Breitbart News reported that blacks in high crime areas benefit the most from “Stand Your Ground” laws and are acquitted via a “Stand Your Ground” defense seven percent more often than are whites.
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