1. Action: Is the Stand Your Ground ruling a license to kill? The bipartisan Mayors against Illegal Guns coalition along with the National Urban League and VoteVets, released a report in Sept 2013 showing that in most of the 22 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws, they have experienced a dramatic increase in the number of justifiable homicides committed by private citizens in the years following their enactment.
Result: According to the report, Stand Your Ground states have seen their “justifiable homicide” rate rise by an average of 53 percent in five years following their passage. Over the same period, states without these laws saw justifiable homicides fall by an average of five percent.
2. Action: Rescind this law that allows minorities to be easily targeted, justifies killing for little or no reason and does not hold murderers accountable.
Result: Homicide rates will decrease and innocent victims will live. Those who commit the act of murder will be tried and convicted of the crime. They will not be allowed to go free because they “were in fear of their lives”. They had the choice to retreat rather than to shoot an unarmed teenager to death.