Edward Packard

March 26, 2012

I read a report that George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, is keeping out of public view: he’s afraid for his life. I can see how he might feel that way. The Florida “Stand Your Ground” law allows people to shoot other people instead of retreating if they have reasonable cause to fear great bodily harm from them. Since Mr. Zimmerman shot a person we can presume was innocent, if you encounter him, it’s reasonable to suppose that, even though you are an innocent person, he might shoot you too. Therefore it’s reasonable to shoot him first. Such is the logic of the Florida law.

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