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10 Things To Know About The “Stand Your Ground” Law [PHOTOS]


Florida has been launched into the international spotlight thanks to its controversial “stand your ground” law following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

In February, the teen was shot by George Zimmerman who used the defense to explain taking the teen’s life.

According to Zimmerman, he feared for his life after encountering Martin who was walking back to his father’s girlfriend’s house after making a store run for skittles and ice tea. Zimmerman assumed that the 17-year-old had no place in the neighborhood and phoned 911. He was instructed not to pursue the high schooler but did not comply. After a verbal exchange that turned physical, the 29-year-old asserts that Martin attempted to grab his gun, resulting in him pulling the weapon out and firing.

Zimmerman’s “stand your ground” defense, lifted the veil on a law that many have heard of, but may not know very much about. Other Floridians have cried “stand your ground,” but it doesn’t always work. Michael Dunn, shot and killed an unarmed teen at a gas station because he refused to turn his music down, he was arrested on a first-degree murder charge. Elsewhere in the state of Florida, a 71-year-old man in Tampa used the defense after shooting a man following an argument on a basketball court but was found guilty of manslaughter.

Just to educate you a little more on “stand your grand,” check out 10 things that you may not know about the law.


Photo: ABC News


** Additional reporting from Kristen Gray

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  • CriticXtreme

    The one thing that you left out in the “Educate Yourself on the Stand your Ground” law, it is a defense that only white people can use. This law will work black on black but never, ever black on hispanic and especially not black on white. So the best thing to do is learn your positions with this whack law and avoid white-t at all cost. You could have 550 hd video camera and white-t dress in a K-K costume yelling I’m going to kill me an n-word holding an Alcatraz Necktie. White-t will still win with standing his ground.

    • wyldwhite-T

      I meant to thumbs down. Sorry.

    • James

      Wow! As a “white-t” I am appalled at you sir/ma’am. I can only hope that you are just trolling for responses.

    • btdt

      Yea, the white man be keepin’ us down. 15% of the population committing 80% of crimes has nothing to do with it. A 75% out-of-wedlock birth rate has nothing to do with it. 60% of black children growing up without a father-figure has nothing to do with it. A 50% -75% high school dropout rate has nothing to do with it. It’s all a plot by the rich white man, right? 1965 called…they want their excuses back.

    • AZ28

      Quit blaming the white t for everything take responsibilty for your actions. Educate yourself open your mind and heart. By even saying stupid things like this you are being the racist one and looking like a uneducated moron.

  • charlie

    I guess people should stop being criminals. as for the statistics sighted here, perhaps we should look deeper to see who the majority of criminals and violent offenders are. regardless of race color or creed. sounds to me like anyone with a violent nature would be at the losing end.

  • rob tomas

    I wish people would get over themselves. Every time a black guy commits a crime; someone else made him do it. Grow up

  • AZ28

    So you say in a post that the whitet is killing innocent black people and are getting away with it I would like to know where this is coming from what proof do you have to back this up?