DeSantis’s Gun Law Proposal Shamefully Exploits Political Divide

DeSantis's Gun Law Proposal Shamefully Exploits Political Divide

The so-called "Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act," recently proposed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is essentially a broad expansion of the state’s controversial "Stand Your Ground" law that leans into fearmongering and propaganda in order to play on our deep political divides rather than unite Florida residents on important issues of public safety. I’ve already written extensively on the many ways in which Florida’s stand your ground law is terrible public policy that is far more likely to escalate a confrontation to deadly violence than it is to offer legitimate protections for a non-existent problem. Prior to its passage, our state was not in some sort of crisis in which law-abiding citizens were being locked up for cases of legitimate self-defense. However, shooting with claims of self-defense nearly tripled in the decade following the laws being passed. In the United States, 35 states have some sort of stand your ground policy, which essentially removes the requirement that a person retreats—if possible—before using deadly force when they are legally occupying a space. Fifteen states require a duty to retreat when one can do so with absolute safety and it is outside of their home, inside of which they are protected by some form of castle doctrine . The debate on stand your ground as a whole essentially comes down to whether you think more people will claim the very subjective emotion of "feeling as though their life is in danger" and use that in their […]

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