Stand Your Ground
While the Zimmerman murder trial had very little to do with the stand your ground law in Florida, it was about simple self-defense, those laws are now under much scrutiny. Why is that? What is so offensive about stand your ground laws? Well, those opposed would have you believe that these are “shoot first” laws, that allowing a person to stand their ground instead of retreating if possible is reckless.
In some cases it probably is. No law gives a person the right to kill another under any circumstances. You must have no other choice, you must be threatened. Without stand your ground laws and doctrine, you must retreat from danger if at all possible. Only when literally cornered can you use force to defend yourself. Free men do not have a duty to retreat from danger. Common sense should always be exercised when using force but sometimes it is necessary to protect one’s property with force and since the right to own property is so important to liberty, it is justified. Sometimes the use of force can prevent further loss of life. Sometimes, it is principal.
No, the real reason people oppose stand your ground laws is more sinister. When Joe Biden tells you to just stand on your porch with a shotgun and shoot into the air, when a Colorado lawmaker tells a constituent he should just wait for police to arrive and when gun grabbers tell you you don’t have a right to own a gun, what they are really saying is you are not a free person. Instead they see you not as an individual with rights granted by the Creator but as a subject with “rights” given to you by the state. They see a cog in their utopian fantasies that is expendable because their are millions more once your gone to serve the state.
Stand your ground laws recognize that a person has the right to defend themselves as they see fit. They need not turn their backs and run. They can stand and defend themselves, their property and their family, as well as others, in harm’s way. How can we truly have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness if we cannot rightly defend those things rather than retreat and count on the state to defend them for us? We can’t.
Opposition to stand your ground laws comes down to one simple ideal. Are we free men or are we subjects? Do we have a God given right to defend our lives and what’s ours or must we bow to the state and hope they do it for us and in a timely manner? Stand your ground laws codify a natural right that free people are born with. Those who want to steal that right, as is typical, say its for safety’s sake but are only seeking to control you and I. They understand that without our guns and the right to use them when threatened, we are beholden to them and that’s exactly what they want.