I was stunned to find that there are 21 states with laws similar to the Florida ‘Stand your Ground Law.’ Twenty-one! Fortunately for me, Ohio has not yet attempted to fashion such a law. Arthur Hayhoe, executive director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said, “You want to know how you can kill somebody legally in Florida? Make sure you have no witnesses, hunt the person down and then say you feared for your life.”
Frequent commenter, Microdot, recently wondered, “Does this mean that every unstable paranoid racist unstable idiot in America is going to feel empowered to act out their fantasies?”
Good question, but the answer is frighteningly simple: yes!
I find it quite interesting that the majority of the 21 states with the law which helped George Zimmerman escape murder or manslaughter laws are in the Old South. Even more chilling, all but 1 are so-called red states. Further, the Bible Belt loves this law. ‘Eye for an eye.’
What is it about the folks who live in the Old South? Are they still afraid of the emancipated Negro? Is there some meme in their genetic makeup that fears ‘the other?’ Do they still worry about reprisal for the many decades of slavery that they enjoyed?
Seems to me that something is different in their thought pattern. Different from the 10’s of millions of people who live in New York, Illinois and California. Or, for that matter, the entire North East. How do the 8 million people who live the boroughs of NYC, or the 4 million in LA or the 3 million in Chicago get by each day without the need for a Stand Your Ground Law? Amazing.
Red states- Republican states- find it necessary to ‘keep their citizens safe.’
Shoot now, dodge questions later.