As a female, I have felt intimidated and threatened many, many times in my life by random men walking near me after dark. Sometimes the men even say things that make me feel more afraid. I wonder how long it would take to repeal "stand your ground" laws if women and girls all over the country, based on their feelings, began shooting men and boys on sight.
What is your understanding of what a "Stand Your Ground" law actually is?
Bump... NGFM, please get to this when you have a moment. Thanks.
I read your 1,2,3,4, and the fact that SYG eliminates #4. That was my understanding, that before this law, you were supposed to try to avoid confrontation before using deadly force
. You are not to follow or approach the person you think is a bad guy. You are supposed to get away if at all possible. Physical force was supposed to be the last resort, after all other avenues have been shut off. That is what I was taught in martial arts and self-defense training. But it seems that in this case, Z. was allowed to follow, approach, engage, ie SYG eliminating #4 but for some reason, Trayvon was supposed to avoid confrontation and run away as in the pre SYG 1,2,3,4.
I was also taught that you should NEVER have a loaded gun in your hand, in a self-defense situation, unless you are prepared to kill
. And you should not be carrying loaded if you are not prepared to use. Loaded guns are not supposed to be used to "scare" or "threaten" a possible bad guy-- once you engage, you have to be ready to kill or he will take that weapon and kill you.
For similar reasons, there is no point in carrying an unloaded weapon (unless you plan to rob a bank or liquor store and want a reduced charge in case you get caught). Any gun should be treated by everyone as if it is loaded. So, a bad guy seeing your gun will assume it to be loaded, and will act accordingly-- run if sane or try to kill you first if crazy.
Women are always taught to scream and try to get away from a potential bad situation. Problem is, a lot of the time, everyday life is a potential bad situation for females. Whenever a woman is alone, esp after dark, she is in a potential bad situation. And most of the time, women are attacked by people they know, at least slightly. By the time she knows for sure that she is in danger, it is probably too late to scream or run anyway.
Thus my earlier statement that women and girls should carry loaded weapons, and maybe even drive around looking for "suspicious males". As soon as things get dicey, shoot to kill. Your word against the dead guy's. And hope you get Zimmerman's jury. More guys who were guilty of only walking along the street will end up like Trayvon, but hey, we women are tired of being the ones who have to stay off the streets. A lot more innocent dead guys along with the few rapists, but hey, we women are tired of being the ones who have to run and hide. Let men, all men, not just young black men, be scared to walk the streets at night for a change.