Monday, April 16, 2012

Adam Cohen: A Push to Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Laws | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Adam Cohen: A Push to Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Laws | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

It was big news last week when prosecutors charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. But Zimmerman could walk free if a judge decides his actions fall under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which gives broad leeway to people to shoot in self-defense. There is no way to undo what happened in the Zimmerman-Martin encounter, but some good can still come of it: it could lead states to repeal their misguided “stand your ground” laws.

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