Top Reporter on Gun Issues Weighs in on "Stand Your Ground"


  • There are many similarities to the Trayvon Martin case, which also dealt with the "stand your ground" law. The big difference in these two cases was the testimony that George Zimmerman was being beaten at the time of the shooting. 
  • The most important question to ask in any "stand your ground" case is whether or not the person who pulled the trigger had reasonable fear for his or her life before they pulled the trigger. The shooter must be able to prove that the use of force was necessary to prevent their own injury or death.
  • One important piece that is missing at this time from the situation is the audio accompanying the surveillance video. Without any audio, it is hard to have the full context of the situation and truly understand the confrontation. 
  • Florida has a higher bar than many states for prosecutors to prove that the shooter was not acting in self-defense. 





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