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Advocating a Change
Shifting Ground: an alteration of the nation's "stand your ground" laws
presented by: Jahcinth Wallace
Explain the SYGL and what it entails
Solve the issues within the law
Steps to advocate change
What is the stand your ground law?
The SYGL is a self defense law that gives citizens the right to meet force with force.
Contact state legislators
According to Anna Marie Smith, a professor of government at Cornell University, under Florida's criminal code " A person is justified in using force, including deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another " ( Smith 1).
According to online sunshine, the official website for the Florida State Legislature, this also includes
1. The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person's will from the dwelling, residence or occupied vehicle; to further an unlawful activity" (onlinesunshine.com).
Why is the law an issue?
Form or join organizations
B. Governors aren't willing to change the law and the federal government can't force states to change their laws. According to Patrik Jonsson of csnmonitor.com, "neither the Congress nor the executive branch can outright force states to change their laws, and the courts have been skeptical about attempts to strike down stand your ground laws even when there's evidence of systematic racism and discrimination" (csnmonitor.com).
C. Allen Greg of npr.org reports that, “Democrats are in the minority in both chambers of Florida's Legislature. In the last session, efforts to change the law were blocked by Republican leaders. Democratic Senate leader Chris Smith says that's because Republicans don't want a debate on the controversial law” (npr.org).
Signing a petition is a great way for a cause to get noticed by state legislators. There are petitions on websites such as change.org, ipetitions.com and petitions.moveon.org
individuals no longer have to prove that they feared for their safety
the new law does away with an earlier requirement that a person must retreat if it is a viable option
unequal treatment and racial discrimination
law doesn't provide standards if the right for self defense is terminated if the aggressor decides to withdraw or escape from the situation
To contact state legislators you can go to www.usa.gov/contact/state.shtml
Click on state legislators and it will show you a list of states.
Click the state of your choice and then it will provide you with information.
You can also click the link that says contact us.
Bill Cotterell of Reuters.com discusses a group called the "Dream Defenders" stating that "Every night for the last three weeks about 50 young protesters have slept on the stone floor of Florida's state Capitol building in a bid to change the state's Stand Your Ground self-defense law" (Reuters.com).
I URGE YOU TO
SIGN AND CREATE PETITIONS
CALL STATE GOVERNORS AND LEGISLATORS
JOIN AND FORM ORGANIZATIONS
VOICE YOUR OPINIONS ON NEWS BLOGS, POPULAR SITES, ETC.
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Smith, Anna Marie. "Deadly Force and Public Reason." Social Science Research Network. N.p., 2 June 2012. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
"Statutes & Constitution: View Statutes: Online Sunshine." Statutes & Constitution: View Statutes: Online Sunshine. N.p., 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
Portero, Ashley. "Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law: 5 Things to Know." International Business Times. N.p., 21 Mar. 2012. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.
Thurston, Perry E., Jr. "Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Needs Work." usnews.com. N.p., 28 Mar. 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
Cameron, Darla. "Florida Stand Your Ground Law Cases." Stand Your Ground Law, Trayvon Martin and a Shocking Legacy. N.p., 13 Aug. 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
Jonsson, Patrik. "Fed’s Target 'stand Your Ground' Laws, but What Can They Do?" The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor, 18 July 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
Allen, Greg. "Florida Governor Stands Firm on 'Stand Your Ground' Law." NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
Feldman, Josh. "Onswipe." Onswipe. N.p., 14 Mar. 2014. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
Cotterell, Bill. "Changing Florida's Stand Your Ground Law a Tough Hill to Climb." Reuters.com. N.p., 31 July 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2014