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Let’s Call Stand Your Ground What it Really Is — 1 Comment

  1. The anti-gun fanatics also call them “make my day” laws. How about “Don’t get railroaded by politically motivated ambulance chasers” laws? I used to be OK with legal duty to retreat laws, since any sane person would try to avoid a shoot-out if at all possible (and an insane person is not supposed to possess weapons anyway). Now, I’m convinced that Stand Your Ground laws are absolutely necessary. A mugging victim may have a split second to make a life-or-death decision, but a prosecutor or plaintiff’s lawyer can take weeks or months to construct some hypothetical scenario and make it look like the defendant had ample opportunity to get away. America’s greatest jurist, Oliver Wendell Holmes, said, “Detached reflection is not demanded in the presence of an upraised knife.”

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