"Stand Your Ground" Law: Yay or Nay?
There appears to be some debate about "stand your ground" laws around the country, including in Arizona, after George Zimmerman was found not-guilty of charges related to killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Democratic State Representative Martin Quezada said he'll sponsor a repeal of Arizona's law next legislative session. It was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in 2010.
-Breitbart Myth: Janet Napolitano Signed Arizona's "Stand Your Ground" Law
In the meantime, the conservative news-opinion website Breitbart is attempting to convince its readers that such laws are big with lefties, too, as it falsely claims that former Governor Janet Napolitano was the one who signed Arizona's "stand your ground" law.
Arizona's law says using deadly force, or threatening to use deadly force, is justified when "a reasonable person would believe that deadly physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful deadly physical force."
A subsection of the law adds, "A person has no duty to retreat before threatening or using deadly physical force pursuant to this section if the person is in a place where the person may legally be and is not engaged in an unlawful act."
If you've paid attention to the Legislature, you'll know that Quezada's repeal probably won't have a shot in hell at become law. But what do you think -- do you support Arizona's "stand your ground" law?
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