Jerry Dupree’s letter “Stand Your Ground Law badly needed,” (Friday’s MDJ) is sadly ironic. Mr. Dupree obviously is frustrated and lives in fear of some unknown assailant.
He fears some unknown person approaching him in the dark with violent intent will force him to defend himself. Isn’t that exactly what happened to Trayvon Martin? George Zimmerman did not identify himself as a member of neighborhood watch or tell Martin that he was armed. He assumed that Martin had criminal intent and started a confrontation that led to the killing of a 17-year-old armed only with a bag of Skittles.
This country has long had a legal justification for self-defense. However the “Stand Your Ground” laws are nothing more than a license to kill without consequence.
These laws written, promoted and financed by the NRA and the American Legislative Exchange are nothing more than laws to promote the carrying and use of firearms without any state or civil recourse by conservative legislatures in Republican-controlled states.
The right to take a human life simply because you are afraid is not justifiable. A coward with a gun will always be in fear. That’s why he’s is carrying a gun.
Zimmerman started a confrontation with Martin only because he was armed. Does anyone believe Zimmerman would have approached anyone unless he had a hidden advantage?
The confrontation did not go Zimmerman’s way when Martin fought back against the unknown stranger and he was shot point-blank in the chest.
Zimmerman’s injuries portrayed as life threatening are humorous. I’ve seen worse in school-yard fights.
The confusion over “Stand Your Ground” laws and the judge’s instructions would have justifiably baffled any jury and allowed Zimmerman to walk free. These laws will continue to lead to unjustifiable murders just as the murder of a young black man in Jacksonville who was shot because his music was too loud. The killer cited “Stand Your Ground” and claimed he saw a shotgun.
No shotgun was ever found. My guess he will probably walk free also.