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Thanks for sharing this Al Jazeera article. I find more trust worthy news in Al Jazeera than in most US media sources. You have summarized the key points, but to further drive home the point, I will extract a few lines:
AlJazeera, August 12, 2014: ‘Stand your ground’ states see increase in homicides
"The National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws, convened in 2013, conducted a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of the impact of “stand your ground” legislation on public safety, individual liberties, and the criminal justice system.
"The 62-page report, issued on Friday, found that “stand your ground” laws, which vary from state to state, obstruct law enforcement, confuse law enforcement personnel, and disproportionately affect minorities.
"“Stand your ground” legislation has failed to deter crime, and, in fact, has led to an increase in homicides, the report said. States with “stand your ground” laws experienced an 8 percent increase in the number of homicides compared with states without such laws."
For many of us, the study findings come as no surprise. Yet the gun lobby and their agents in ALEC keep pushing this stuff because it is profitable. More gun violence always translates into more gun sales. Every time there is a shooting, gun sales go up...it's good for business. The stand your gun laws encourage more shootings not fewer shootings. Instead of walking away the emotions of the moment take over...a wild west "shoot the bastard" mentality with happy trigger fingers and no thought of retribution.