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Should Florida take steps now to repeal the "Stand Your Ground" Law?

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  • Yes! (53% people answered this)
  • No, they should wait until after the Treyvon Martin investigation. (6% people answered this)
  • No, they shouldn't repeal the law! (32% people answered this)
  • I'm not sure. (7% people answered this)

7883 people voted.

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Three years ago Billy Kuch was shot in the chest at point-blank range when he accidentally rang the wrong doorbell. Just two weeks ago a Miami man chased another man alleged to have stolen his car radio and stabbed him to death. Both of the perpetrators got off without charges because of Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law. More than 6 weeks since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, no arrests have been made and no charges have been brought. The reason? George Zimmerman claims to have acted in self-defense and his actions are potentially justified by the "Stand Your Ground" law. Many states have "Stand Your Ground" laws. These laws allow the use of force in cases of self-defense, though Florida’s law has been especially controversial. Claims of self-defense in violent encounters have tripled since the law was enacted, and in these instances, all but one of the people killed have been unarmed. Governor Rick Scott has planned to launch a task force to investigate the law, but not until after the Trayvon Martin investigation is finished -- which could be a year or more from now. Should Florida lawmakers take more immediate steps to repeal this law? Please take the poll and write what you think about "Stand Your Ground" laws in the comments below.

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