By: Pasang Lama, Raymond Lankford, Ocean Spikes, Sam Wilkins
Stand your ground law was first passed on 2005 by Florida and since then 22 states have adopted their own versions of the law. The stand your ground law gives an individual the lawful right to use any level of force, including lethal, if they believe they face an immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death.
There have been many controversy around the law including the case of George Zimmerman who shot and killed an unarmed African american teenager, Trayvon Martin on February 16, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was later found innocent and dropped of all charges under Florida’s stand your ground law. The Juries decision on the case had a huge impact on the citizens of this country as people took to the streets and started protesting saying that there was a bias in the justice system.
The three narratives that we are exploring include: Stand Your Ground Increase Racial Tension, Stand Your Ground Encourages Vigilantism, and Do ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws Increase Gun Violence?.