The Constitutionality Of The 2016 Florida Statutes : Justifiable Use Of Force

966 Words Oct 27th, 2016 4 Pages
In 2005, Florida introduced the Stand Your Ground (SYG) Florida Statute 776.013 (3) which states that, “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” ("The 2016 Florida Statutes: Justifiable Use of Force", 2016). Many people will state that the SYG statutes are an incredible law that has decreased the crime rate, made the citizens feel more secure in their neighborhood and has given the general population back the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones from harmful ways. However, a study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M found that SYG laws are associated with a clear increase in homicides, resulting in 600 more homicides nationwide each year (Cheng & Hoekstra, 2012; Buchanan, Middleton, & Lawson, 2015, pp. 10-11). Research indicates that SYG laws encourage people to shoot when they could have dealt with conflicts by using a lesser degree of force or simply walking away. A 2013 study by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that justifiable homicide rates increased by 53% in states that passed SYG laws, while they decreased by 5% in states without SYG statutes during the same time. Even though…

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