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Florida Sheriffs Association: We back Stand Your Ground as written

@MarcACaputo

Remember when we wrote that Florida Gov. Rick Scott was probably on safe political ground by backing  Stand Your Ground? Here's this Florida Sheriffs Association press release is more evidence:

FSA President, Sheriff Grady Judd, today announced, “The right to self-defense is well-established in law.  The Florida Sheriffs confirmed this position by voting unanimously, at the 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, to support the Stand Your Ground law as it is currently written.  Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including Stand Your Ground.”

Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law:

"A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity, and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."
F.S. §776.013(3)

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chas

The law is way too broad. Reasonably believes leaves the door wide open to those who use stand your ground and judges who rule on it. You can shoot someone anywhere if you reasonably believe they are a threat. This law should be sent out to all citizens explaining to them to be sure no one reasonably believes they are threat. Ludicrous indeed even within a not a threat badge you can be shot. The penalty for false stand your ground is severe but who is around to judge. If it gets sticky get a slick lawyer.

Tony

Reasonable Belief is a legal term in FL with a legal definition. What you or I believe is reasonable may or may not fit the legal requirements of the law. Knowledge is power. The law is not too broad and no doors are wide open .

MAA

The pot stirring people with nothing to do with their lives but create controversy and keep this profiling and racial bullcrap going on and on even when it doesn't exist need to crawl back into their holes and pull the grass over them this includes Jesse Jackson and the big mouth Al Sharpton. Enough is enough this is 2013, nobody owes nobody nothing but I'm sure all the takers in this country would fight you over that statement. I'm ashamed that I live in a country that can be so easily manipulated away from the real and important issues facing this nation by encouraging black leaders to soap box a legitimate and justifiable self defense shooting NOT A STAND YOUR GROUND DEFENSE to get Americans rallying against this to divert their attention away from whats really going on in America. When this dies down bet your ass they'll be something else. WAKE UP YOU IDIOTS the problem is not black against white or hispanic against Black, The problem is lying, deceitful, greedy, arrogant and lazy people called, senators, congressmen, all their cronies and even our great and powerful president who has led us down the path from which we will never return from. I guess he did what he set out to do, so thank you to all the morons out there who after a diasterious four years loved the stamps, housing and phones so much you put him right back in. Who will look out for you when he's gone.

R

The law is fine, AS IS. End of Discussion. The only reason it is even being reconsidered is based off of a knee jerk reaction to the high emotions that people gained on the Zimmerman case. So the people who support reconsideration i pose this question to you why would police have the right to stand their ground when acting in the line of duty and not the citizen? Both parties are dealing with the same type of people. Both parties have the god given right to defend their lives and the ones they love. By all means i encourage retreat for whenever possible but in those scenarios where said possibility is nonexistent i don’t want to be scrutinized for protecting myself. This is just like after Sandy Hook, people start wanting a reinstatement to the AWB when such a law would do nothing to effect the issue at hand. JOE BIDEN himself even said that “no law we can pass will stop these things from happening”. Let the emotions die down and move on with your lives people. End of rant.

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