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Trayvon Martin Case Sparks Debate Over Law

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`Stand your ground` laws are now in question. Is it right to use deadly force if you feel threatened?

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Trayvon Martin Case Sparks Debate Over Law. `Stand your ground` laws are now in question. Is it right to use deadly force if you feel threatened?
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Male, 50-59, Canada
 29101 Posts
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:10:48 AM
@j_dizzik_27: No, actually the "castle laws" are there so you CAN use greater force, unlike in Canada. So if a mugger comes at you with a knife, YOU don't go to jail for scaring him away with a gun.
Shooting him requires more `threat`. I think him on top of you beating your face would count as a "threat" don`t you?

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 216 Posts
Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:12:55 AM
Only is it justifiable to use deadly force if the force opposing you is equal or lesser. That means if someone's shooting at you, shoot the f back, or if you don`t have a firearm, you can use a knife or a blunt object to bludgeon your attacker. There are also ways of effectively disabling an attacker with your bare hands, like ripping their ears off (though there are more). That aside, did Martin even have a weapon? If not, this guy is fried.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 617 Posts
Sunday, March 25, 2012 2:49:24 AM
@5cats "The "skateboarding" incident that's briefly mentioned?"

Maybe because the man was initially arrested for man slaughter and is then defending himself under the law, not immediately cleared at the scene of any wrong doing, no drug test, no further questioning at the PD nothing.

I`ve seen a lot over the internet of this white person was attacked by this black persons type cases and they are still @ large but, not pne where for sure they knew who the assailant was and where they were located and simply failed to continue investigating. If this is not the case it`s not an apples to apples comparison and conveys that you are biased right of the bat for you to feel it is even comparable or relevant.

If this bias does not exist then hopefully you can see passed that and understand why there`s such a "media outrage" and it`s not just for Obama`s reelection.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 3298 Posts
Saturday, March 24, 2012 5:56:52 AM
@CJ: If you're going to apply Zimmerman`s past as a judge of character, why won`t you do the same for Martin? Neither one of them had any prior convictions, both have family members stating they were good people, yet in your eyes, Martin is "shady". (your words) All based on one mans account who had just shot a kid and obviously being fully aware of the gun laws in the state of Florida? Hmmmmm....

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Saturday, March 24, 2012 3:50:04 AM
Zimmerman's neighborhood had seen quite a few crimes as well, 8 thefts and at least 2 burglaries in the last year. Zimmerman actually helped police catch one thief last year.

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