While Michael Dunn didn’t use Florida’s “Shoot-First” (a.k.a. “Stand-Your-Ground”) law in his defense, the law has clearly encouraged vigilante justice among those that carry guns.
“Shoot-first” laws enable a person who believes his or her safety is threatened to use deadly force for self-defense in public places, rather than to retreat from a confrontation.
Although Dunn’s victim, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, had no weapon, Dunn felt threatened nonetheless, and thought it was his right to shoot into the car of teens playing loud rap music.
Recently, an armed Florida man shot and killed a man in a movie theater for texting. And Florida was also the state where George Zimmerman shot and killed hoodie-wearing Trayvon Martin.
Studies show that “justifiable” homicides have increased in states enacting “shoot-first” laws. In Florida, those killings have tripled under its “shoot-first” law. These laws are even more deadly when combined with “concealed carry” laws.
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