Stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. However, in Florida alone at least 26 children or teens have lost their lives to the Stand Your Ground law.
The Stand-your-ground law is helping violent, racist and ignorant people bury our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. Clearly, this law is flaw. Shooting a group of teenagers because they are playing loud
music, in the privacy of their own vehicle, is negligent and emotionally disturbing. Just to name a few, 18-year-old Carlos Mustelier was shot to death, after he and his 16-year-old friend approached Thomas
Baker jogging, and one took a swing at him. Thomas responded “You wanna play games? You wanna play games?” and fired eight shots. Equally saddening, 18-year-old Daniel Amore was stabbed by his 31 year-old guardian, Kunta Grant, after Amore punched him during a dispute.
Laws are supposed to protect the innocent, not target them. Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and the hundreds of other children, teens and adults deserve their taken lives. They also deserve justice for their murders. Life is not guranteed to anyone tomorrow, however it is not the privilege of anyone to take the life of someone else. Lawmakers are supposed to solve problems, not escalate them. Rick Scott was all over television when running for Governor, but now that he has won, where is he? Where is the change that Floridians needs? Where is the leader that our youth needs? The solution to many issues are not immediately apparent , but just like many Governor and lawmakers, they hide when real action needs to be made. The time to put words into actions is now.
The solution begins with you and your community. Personally, I do not know if you or your community have been affected by the Stand-your-ground law, but why wait until someone in your family or neighborhood is killed because they were simply listening to music in their car? Why elect or re-elect imposters who run and hide, instead of pushing and shoving for the change that our neighorhoods, communities, and Country needs? My real question to you, is why wait? I hope that you do not see any reason to wait to take action. The longer, you wait, we wait, the greater the issue will expand. Stand-your-ground laws have increased the vigilantes of young black males, which speaks for itself.
It's time to stop watching violent people dig ground for our loved ones that they have murdered. I apolygize for any misconceptions that any of you may have about this post. This issue is sensitive to me and I hope that after reading this post that you now have a grasp on my point: to Stand Up!