Unclear on the Concept

Uncle, and just about everyone are talking about the shooting in Florida. Just so we are clear. If you chase the guy, you aren’t standing your ground. Do anti-gunners and liberals understand basic concepts? If the police in Florida would have otherwise arrested the shooter except for the Stand Your Ground law, then they messed up. Cops make mistakes, go figure. It sounds like, however, that the case is a lot more complicated than the sound bites would have us believe. Not sure if anyone knows if this was a good or bad shoot yet.

Since I have students though, let me make sure everyone understands. You are not a cop. It is not your job to arrest people. It is not your job to chase someone down who done you wrong. If the guy is fleeing, then he is not an immediate threat and you can’t shoot him. Maybe none of that applies to the Florida situation, but CCW holders should be clear: Protect your life. If your life is not in danger or your body at risk of serious harm, you can’t use deadly force.

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  • Dave H  On March 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I have the brochure the State of Florida sends to everyone applying for a carry permit right here in front of me. It describes the circumstances under which deadly force may be used lawfully in Florida. It’s pretty much what you say: only to prevent death or serious injury of yourself or another person, or to prevent a forcible felony like rape. Verbal threats are -not- an acceptable reason. The attacker must make an overt act that indicates he intends to carry out the threat.

    The last section of the brochure I think explains why the police failed to arrest Zimmerman for the shooting. It briefly describes what we call the “stand your ground” law. The brochure says, “On October 1, 2005, changes to Chapter 776, Florida Statutes, became effective. The changes relate to […] creating immunity from criminal prosecution or civil action for using deadly force; the definition of the term “criminal prosecution”; authorizing a law enforcement agency to investigate the use of deadly force but prohibiting the agency from arresting the person unless the agency determines that there is probable cause that the force the person used was unlawful;[…]”

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