If your state already has a stand your ground clause, do you support it, would you like to see it modified, or would you have it overturned? If your state does not, would you support implementing stand your ground legislation in some form?

This fall, a Florida House subcommittee will review the state’s controversial “Stand your ground” law, which authorizes individuals to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. There are some differences in the current state laws, for example, North Carolina’s stand your ground laws don’t apply against law enforcement, bail bondsmen or landlords and in Kansas, an individual cannot be engaged in illegal activity at the time of defending him or herself.

If your state already has a stand your ground clause, do you support it, would you like to see it modified, or would you have it overturned?  If your state does not, would you support implementing stand your ground legislation in some form?

My state currently has a stand your ground law, and I agree with its principles.
53% (118 votes)
My state does not have a stand your ground law, but it should in some form.
23% (51 votes)
My state does not have a stand your ground law, and it should not adopt one.
14% (32 votes)
My state currently has a stand your ground law, and I would like to see it modified.
5% (12 votes)
My state currently has a stand your ground law, and I would like to see it overturned.
5% (11 votes)
Total voters: 224

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Anonymous
on Aug 30, 2013

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, our nation's prosecutors, make very clear that Stand Your Ground is an unwarranted extension of the Castle Doctrine not proven necessary by data or evidence, goes against 3,000 years of common law by not requiring a duty of attempted retreat first when outside your own home, and will prohibit law enforcement and our criminal justice system from arresting and convicting murderers. People already have a right to defend themselves out and in public now, they have the right to own a firearm, and can pursue a concealed carry permit to carry their firearm out in public. What they do not have a right to do is to ignore law enforcement direction (like that given to George Zimmerman in training and via 911), put others into jeopardy, discriminate and profile while armed, or take the law into their own hands with so-called vigilante justice.

Anonymous
on Aug 21, 2013

Why, if someone is being attacked, whether with a pipe, a bat, a gun, etc, should they have to retreat. What do they do if the attacker follows and continues the attack? Personally, if someone were to attack me, I would honor the threat and take any means necessary to ensure the threat no longer exists. At that time, I would cease and then wait for authorities, but I will not stop until the threat no longer exists.

Anonymous
on Aug 21, 2013

Seriously? The last thing we need is over stressed American's making the 'ultimate' decision as to whether or not to take a life? This is such a stupid debate. NO.

Anonymous
on Aug 21, 2013

Castle law is one thing. Stand your ground is another. I don't like thinking that anyone one the street can feel threatened and shoot- too many loopholes depends (realistically) and how good your lawyer is. You come into my home- then yea, that is a problem, and then I should have the right to shoot. But the rest is arbitrary, and laws should not be arbitrary.

Anonymous
on Aug 21, 2013

Why should anyone not have the same right and duty to protect themselves and loved ones from attack as they do in their own home? Is my life less valuable once I step out of my home? Sorry, honor the threat and counteract the threat until it ceases to be a threat.

Anonymous
on Aug 19, 2013

Anyone who does not have their firearms privilages taken away should be able to defend themselves not only in their homes but on the street as well. This is a free country, supposedly, doesn't everyone see that their rights are being taken away, their freedom is going away and the criminals that these laws are supposed to protect us from will ignore them anyway. The good citizens of the US are being raped & pillaged by out of touch politicians whose misguided legislation only hurts those they pretend to be protecting while empowering & emboldening the criminals!

Anonymous
on Aug 15, 2013

You should be able to protect yourself and those you are with from non-solicited aggregretion up to and including deadly force. You want to deter crime, this is how you do it. Too many criminal types simply think they can bully their way through life. Our schools don't teach them any other way anymore. This is definitely tied to 'bullying' that we hear so much about these days. I would think a common sense approach to Stand Your Ground would be that it will be a very last resort. Reflect that legally!

Anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013

Did you ever see a raccoon in a chicken house? It will keep returning until it has killed all of the chickens. When did it become a sin to protect your property, family, and yourself.

Anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013

I support stand your ground.

Anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013

This is bull. The Trevon Martin case had nothing to do with the stand your ground law.It had everything to do with one person fearing for his life because of getting beaten and defending himself with a gun, period. What lead to that point can be argued,but the fact is someone ended up getting their head mashed against the concrete several times and defended themselves.

Anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013

This is contingent of the Castle Doctrine which means you may protect your home and people within. Outside the home we have the obligation to retreat when possible. I did not compare with Florida's law.

Anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013

I am not giving my prperty up to some crock, they are going to give up there right(crock) to live. Just the way it is.

Anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013

You should not be allowed to aggravate a situation and then use Stand Your Ground. At some point it becomes manslaughter.

Anonymous
on Aug 12, 2013

It is my right to defend my family and myself !!!!!!

Anonymous
on Aug 12, 2013

If I can not defend myself & family - who else will ? Law officials can be 20 to 30 minutes away where I live.

Anonymous
on Aug 12, 2013

Its a battle of one-half (28) anti-gun rights Northeast states, California and Illinois versus the other half (22) pro -gun rights states. The Supreme Ct. ruled people can own a hand gun, but can regulate its "use."

Anonymous
on Aug 12, 2013

Stand your ground laws only put into writing the common law right to defend yourself. The elderly, handicapped, women and all others should not have to try to "flee, evade, or retreat" from an attacker or dangerous situation. That is nonsense!

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