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The "Stand Your Ground" Law....

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by ZenG, Jan 18, 2014.

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  1. ZenG

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    It worked for Zimmerman.

    Now there's the 71 year old ex-cop using the same defense.

    In his argument with the guy that was texting in the movie theater, he claims that when the victim threw some popcorn at him ,he was in fear for his life.

    From what I've read per the S.Y.G. law, your life doesn't have to be really be in danger........you just have to think it is......which opens the door for anyone to use that reasoning in explaining why they shot someone......

    Think it will work for the above-mentioned guy?
  2. electracoyote

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    Nope.

    At least Zimmerman had his side of the story in which he was attacked and had his head bashed against the sidewalk. Whether you believe it or not is not the point; he had the story and a little physical evidence, and no credible witness to contradict it.

    Popcorn guy has nothing, and a lot of eye-witnesses to make that clear. He went off the deep end, and the law is not there to protect people like him.
  3. Milk

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    Just stop letting people who aren't cops ****ing have guns. Cops already have a hard enough time figuring out when they should use it and they're trained for this...
  4. Unrepresented

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    A) The law is unconstitutional.

    B) Our firearms laws are absolutely ridiculous when we have citizens who:

    1) feel the need to be armed in a movie theater.

    2) are allowed to be armed in a movie theater.

    Neither of these are issues for the countries that we should be comparing ourselves to.

    C) This story plays into my perception bias as to the caliber of our law enforcement officers.[/unpopular, bordering on political views]
  5. jmattbassplaya

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    Not a chance. He's toast.
  6. Pearly Gator

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    A million laws would not prevent this crime. Criminals don't obey laws.
  7. Unrepresented

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    With this logic, all laws are unnecessary.
  8. IvanMunoz

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    I do not think this guy will get away with it whatsoever. He mustn't be right in the head if he's trying to justify an impulsive murder with this.



    With all due respect, that statement about being armed in a movie theatre makes no sense to me.

    Now if someone was armed in the movie theatre in Aurora CO, they could have fired back at the shooter and saved a lot of lives.
  9. jmattbassplaya

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    You're both right. No need to push it further than that.
  10. BawanaRik

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    There is always the law of Nature.
  11. BawanaRik

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    It's unfortunate that this has the potential to drift into the Topic That Dares Not Speak It's Name.

    I think everyone should be careful about what they say.
  12. Steve

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    BTL:

    I support 100% anyone's right to challenge any law that they do not see fit at any time for any reason but, having said that, I can not support someone doing that with factually incorrect statements.

    1. It did not work for Zimmerman. His SYG application was denied.

    2. That 71 YO LEO's SYG application lasted all of about 10 seconds in front of that judge before his trial was set.

    3. The self defense laws have ALWAYS been based on a reasonable fear of harm. You have ALWAYS been able to shoot someone that has placed you in reasonable fear.

    4. SYG removes the "duty to retreat" or the requirement to "run away! run away!" if you will.

    5. That is pretty much all SYG does from a criminal standpoint, the rest is protection from civil action for the most part.

    It is not a license to kill
    It is not permission to "bait and wait" or "bait and bang"

    And no. That guy is not going to walk. He is going to get spanked as hard as you can spank a 71 year old.
  13. Unrepresented

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    If no one was armed in that movie theater all those lives would have been saved.;)
  14. eyeballkid

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    But unfortunately, only the nutjob was.
  15. BawanaRik

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Land_fire

    Not to introduce any of that reality thang but not everyone dies from guns.
  16. Unrepresented

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    I agree, our laws are highly suspect if we're tolerating people like that having access to weapons capable of harming so many.
    Never made such a claim, but eliminating a quick and easy way to kill a lot of people shouldn't be avoided because we can't eliminate all long and difficult ways to kill people.
  17. ZenG

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    STEVE:-


    I stand corrected.

    You obviously have some more "in-depth" info than I do on this.....

    Just going with what I'd seen so far......

    Not trying to segue into "Gun Control" or any of that stuff here.......

    I was surprised that you mentioned G.Zimmerman's SYG defense being rejected......

    I thought that was the whole basis of his case.......
  18. eyeballkid

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    Soo, then I shouldn't have access to those either?!
  19. BawanaRik

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    He wouldn't have gone to trial if they accepted it
  20. BawanaRik

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    Not sure what you're trying to say here.

    It's getting late.
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