Florida's no retreat law retains public support
A poll indicates approval, by 50% vs. 32%.
Given some of the conversations I've heard around here, I'd have to ask myself how much the people polled really know about Stand Your Ground. There is a lot of ignorance, believe me. Some people think of it as the "shoot first and ask questions later" law. And this is in NC, where we have a pretty healthy gun culture.
Posted by: Brerarnold at May 14, 2012 06:24 PM
I'd like to see more states come out with clear laws. There was a case in a neighboring state (NY) a few years ago where an elderly man was awoken in the middle of the night by someone breaking into his house. He went downstairs, had an altercation with a man, and shot and killed him. That elderly homeowner was then tried for manslaughter. The "victim" was drunk and apparently tried to get into the wrong house - though I always questioned that because the victim didn't live anywhere nearby from what I remember.
I'd like to think if someone breaks into my house in the middle of the night, that I have the right to defend myself by any means necessary...
Posted by: Sarah at May 18, 2012 03:59 AM