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Poll: Most Floridians want no changes to Stand Your Ground law

Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law continues to enjoy widespread support among likely voters, even as a state task force considers rewriting the law, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll.

Nearly 65 percent say the 2005 law — which allows people who believe they are in grave danger to use deadly force to defend themselves — does not need to be changed. There’s less consensus when it comes to voters’ thoughts on the Trayvon Martin shooting, which thrust “Stand Your Ground” into the national spotlight this year.

Voters are essentially split about whether George Zimmerman — who faces second-degree murder charges for shooting the 17-year-old Trayvon on Feb. 26 — was acting in self-defense when he pulled the trigger. Forty-four percent believe he was and 40 percent say he wasn’t, while 16 percent are not sure. Major differences emerge when voters are separated by geography and race.

“The real divide on this is racial, which I think isn’t terribly surprising given the racial tone that this [case] has taken,” said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, a nonpartisan, Jacksonville-based company that conducted the poll.

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Honest Saul

You guys need to stop relying so much on Mason-Dixon polls. Their results are well known to skew in favor of Republican or "conservative" politics...



Well ... its not surprising that almost 2/3rds of us don't want any changes to the law.

The reason is simple: the public knows that most of those calling for changes to the law really want the law undone entirely. These change advocates include some cops and prosecutors, mandy civil rights figures, and all anti-gun leftists.

So citizens rightly suspect an effort to "improve" the law will only lead it its undoing. That is a reasonable fear.

But there is one change that would be desirable, because judges and prosecutors around Florida are all over the map on applying the law.

The immunity from arrest by cops should not be changed.

The only change should be that one cannot use a stand your ground immunity from prosecution if one engaged in pursuit of the other. That kind of behavior is what thugs do. And thugs should not benefit from it.

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