Michigan state senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) is pushing Senate Bill 611 to repeal her state’s stand your ground law in light of Trayvon Martin’s death and what she suggests are countless deaths that result from gun owners not backing down.
According to Michigan Radio, Warren argues that Michigan’s stand your ground law “provides too many protections for people who engage in gun violence.” And she “points to incidents such as the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida as reasons to repeal the law in Michigan.”
Emergency room physicians and folks are just honestly worried about the prevalence of gun violence in our communities and frankly pretty nervous about the fact that there is no duty to retreat and substantial immunity from both criminal and civil liability under these statutes.
She claimed that people in Michigan use the “lack of duty to retreat as a reason to inflict harm and are sometimes not held liable for taking someone’s life.” Warren wants that to end, and she believes it starts by taking away the self-defense measures enshrined in stand your ground.
Warren’s bill would not impact Michigan’s castle doctrine, which allows a home or business owner to use deadly force—when merited—against an individual who breaks into their abode or business and puts their lives in danger.
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