A recent case in the national headlines has revived the debate over “stand your ground” laws, which in essence rescind any retreat requirement and allow innocent crime victims to repel force with appropriate force if attacked in any place where they have a right to be. There has been much confusion with the Stand Your Ground (SYG) principle and other legal rules, such as Castle Doctrine and Presumption of Reasonableness.
This past Monday, I had the privilege of participating in a forum at the headquarters of the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, DC, addressing this matter. It can be found here: http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=9141
It opens with moderator Tim Lynch of Cato Institute giving an overview of the matter. Next, for twenty minutes each, we have historian Clayton Cramer explaining the origin and development of the laws and principles involved in the debate…me explaining why I consider the objections to SYG to each be somewhere between weak and bogus…and Steven Jansen, vice president of a prosecutors’ association, advocating that SYG laws be eliminated.
It’s all very civil, and very much worth an hour of your time, particularly if you keep or carry a firearm for defensive purposes.
(Early on, you’ll also get a reminder why it’s important to turn off your cell phone before people start recording…)
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