Do you remember the days of your childhood when your sibling would hit you, and you hit them back. Your mom would yell at you, and you say,”But they hit me first!” But alas, your mother wouldn’t care. This is how some people have been taking the Stand Your Ground law.
The Stand Your Ground law is the law that gives people the right to use force upon a person without retreating, if they feel as though the person is threatening them. The Senate passed this law in Iowa recently with the votes at 33-17.
The law has brought on extreme controversy. So although it passed the Senate, not everyone is in favor of it. I decided to interview people from three different age groups to see what they had to say.
Fifteen year old, Marc Childs, states,”It gives too much freedom for someone to inflict harm on another person that quite possibly didn’t do anything.” On the other hand, people say it will enhance Iowans’ freedom and defense.
A lot of people have spoken about the impact this could have on minority groups. Forty year old Kate Fults talks about how this law could be perceived differently by different people. She says,“Some people are going to feel like,’There is a black man walking toward me on the street and he looks angry, I could be in danger.’ And if you have a gun, do you have the right to shoot that person based on your assumption that you might be in danger?”
Fults also commented on self defense. ”Self defense of what? And how do you prove that? There have been hundreds, if not thousands of domestic violence cases where a woman has acted in self defense against her partner who was attacking her, and has been found guilty of murder. How can those two things be any different? And yet, I fear that they would be judged differently.”
Finally, Hal Staley, who is sixty-two, explains “I don’t think that it’s up to me to jury. And I think it’s been misused from what I’ve seen. People have killed other people when they’re not in danger, and still gotten off.”
Even with all of this, people who support the law continuously say how it will provide a sense of security to those who may not have the ability to retreat from a dangerous situation. It also helps to avoid being prosecuted in court when the person was defending themselves.
Conclusively, the Stand Your Ground law has it’s pros and cons, and it’s up to you to decide whether or not you’re in danger. Stay safe.
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