But if it’s illegal for police to shoot impulsively, why are so many state legislatures empowering people to become judge, jury, and executioner anytime they are afraid?
As a society we are increasingly dressing up murder in the gown of “justifiable homicide.” The Washington Post reports that in the five years before Florida’s law was enacted, Florida prosecutors identified an average of 12 “justifiable” killings each year by private citizens. In the five years after the law was passed, that number tripled.
Stand Your Ground laws are perilous. They get people killed, because they substitute impulse for intelligent thought.
It’s also been my overwhelming experience that those who put their faith in guns will ultimately be outgunned.
Our private security guard had only one Kalashnikov AK-47. The Taliban were aiming 20 Kalashnikovs at us.