Stand Your Ground laws Encourages Vigilantism.

By Raymond Lankford


Stand Your Ground laws encourages vigilantism this is based on a number of scenarios and logic and evidence. Stand your ground means to have the right of the victim not run from the criminal or sub doorer but to fight back to use force to be lethal or even deadly. This law is to be in at least 32 states in america throughout the country. Stand your ground laws were first processed and published in the state of Florida October 1st  2005. This law was made to stop the overwhelming crime in populated areas where police couldn’t be at the time.

This is America we live in where vigilantes are able to take law in their own hands the are     the judge they decides who lives or how far punishment may be even if it calls for death.

Groups such as the Ku Klux Klan in early America took control in law and order in their hands lynching blacks for so called committed crimes in the middle of the street men,women,children there was no mercy spared innocent lives taken.

This group The Klu Klux Klan are white supremacist they see no change in the diverse  world believing that their is  only one way of life in the world. Also there has been a lot of hatred from the Ku Klux Klan expressed towards other minorities such as blacks and hispanics

This picture here is members of the Klan are  preparing to lynch a negro with a noose tied around his neck. This picture shows pure racism.



Case And Study: Trayvon Martin case


The case of 17 year old Trayvon Martin

case was blown up when it came to the publics eyes and ears. Trayvon Martin is found shot and killed  seven eyewitnesses telling police they heard a fight, then a cry for help and a gunshot.


George Zimmerman 28 years old is seen standing over Trayvon Martin’s body while wielding a gun and reportedly had a bloody nose and a wound on the back of his head.

Trayvon Martin was pronounced dead at the scene and police found no weapons on him just a bottle of iced tea Arizona and a bag of Skittles. George Zimmerman claims he killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense. When the police arrived he is not taken into custody.

Public outrage about the case begins to spread as Trayvon Martin’s family hears the 911 calls made February 26, 2012. The petition from Martin’s family asking for Zimmerman to be prosecuted gathers more than 250,000 signatures in its first few days. In total it gained 2,278,988 signatures. By march 19, 2012  the U.S. Justice Department launches an investigation into the case.

By march 21, 2012 Hundreds of people protested in the streets of New York City calling for justice in the Martin case during a protest dubbed the Million Hoodie March so named because of George Zimmerman’s assertion that his victim looked suspicious in his hooded sweatshirt. Trayvon Martins parents were in attendance in their first public appearance since the shooting death of their son.

Though George  Zimmerman originally told the police that Trayvon Martin knocked him down with one punch to the nose and then slammed his head repeatedly into the ground a police surveillance tape emerges from the night Martin was shot dead and shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman. Later enhanced videos showed marks on his head.

April 11, 2012 Zimmerman goes into police custody and is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting. On april 3, 2012 the FBI launches its own investigation.

April 30, 2013 Under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law the court will not see the defense’s evidence until the trial. Zimmerman had put out video reenactments on in June 2012 of what happened during the shooting.

It was 504 days later June 20, 2013 a jury is selected and consisted of six women and four alternates. July 13, 2013 After 16 hours of deliberation George Zimmerman is found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter of Trayvon Martin.

The Why & The Who

Alec supports Stand Your Ground laws and the council of florida with their data they have and have acquired they believe that this law prevents homicides and brings down murder rates but their studies and data seem to not add up when it comes to real life scenarios and life cases there has come to be more violence and now their is a way to be pleaded innocent when the victim turns out to be the murder.

The Florida “Stand Your Ground” law came into place in Florida October 1, 2005 with bipartisan support by Republican controlled houses of the legislature. The National Rifle Association led the advocacy on behalf of the proposal arguing that it was needed to provide immunity to gunmen who might use deadly force against unarmed people who they imagine to be threatening.

The NRA claims that they want to keep the Trayvon Martin killers in all 50 states safe because their in their legal right to kill as if their life is being threatened by another person. They see it should be no right to convict someone who’s life was in danger and had no where to run but only to fight back. These laws are best known as shoot first ask questions later laws in the 25 states out of 50 that have this law to shoot first and ask questions later.


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