Another Moral Monday, This One Protesting Stand Your Ground

February 3, 2014 6:00 am

by Tim Darnell · 8 comments

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, is holding his third Moral Monday event at the state capitol, with this rally focusing on Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law.

The rally begins at 4 pm.

Fort was quoted on All News 106.7 Monday morning as saying the law encourages a “shoot first” mentality. He says the law permits the use of deadly force when there is only a perception of danger, not real danger.  He also says blacks are more likely to be injured or killed under Stand Your Ground.

President Obama has also called for a review of Stand Your Ground laws across the nation.

Just My Opinion …

Terroristic threats are a crime. I know from experience during a tour of duty in a metro Atlanta 911 center that police can arrest individuals for threatening another person. Even a finger jabbed, in anger, into another person’s shoulder or chest can constitute assault.

I also know that retreat is always … alwaysalways the best option in these instances.

But what’s being overlooked in this debate is that, the person who institutes the threat is committing a crime. Threats are a crime. So what happens to that perpetrator? What consequences does that person face from threatening an innocent person?

Doesn’t a repeal of Stand Your Ground criminalize self defense?

peachpundit (@peachpundit) February 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) February 3, 2014 at 6:26 am

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Tim Darnell (@TimDarnellATL) February 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

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tmoore912 February 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

Georgia has never had a “duty to retreat” legal rule. Ever! In other words, you repeal the statute and the “no duty to retreat” rule is still there, just like it was before the statute.

seenbetrdayz February 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

But then, it does make you wonder why we had to have a ‘stand your ground’ law.

tmoore912 February 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

No it doesn’t. Georgia codified it, because all the other states were doing it. And why not codify long standing legal precedent? They also did it because legislators wanted to protect the victims of violent (or the threat of violent) crime. They wanted to make sure peoples whole life and saving were not lost defending against over zealous prosecutors when there was a clear self defense action that the victim had to take.

DavidTC February 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

But what’s being overlooked in this debate is that, the person who institutes the threat is committing a crime. Threats are a crime. So what happens to that perpetrator? What consequences does that person face from threatening an innocent person?

And, thus, we *must* have the ability to execute the person committing the threat in cold blood, because *that* is how we handle lawbreakers in this state!

Or, at least, the ability to execute the person alleged, after they were shot, to have committed the threat.

Or, rather, the ability execute the person who was causing the shooter to ‘fear for their life’ without actually committing any threat at all. Yes, stand Your Ground gives the ability to kill someone lawfully *without the dead person having committed any crime at all*. All you have to do is ‘fear for your life’…you don’t have to make any attempt to avoid the situation or leave, or even *confirm* they’re trying to kill you.

In fact, it’s pretty easy to come up with scenarios where it gives legal justification for *both parties* to shoot each other.

jiminga February 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Q: Doesn’t a repeal of Stand Your Ground criminalize self defense?
A: YES

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