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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:20

License to Kill

Written by  Bob Serody

“Stand Your Ground” laws have been adopted in more than 20 states, and Florida is one of them. Most people probably didn’t connect this deadly law with the Parkland High shootings. Since school shootings are usually committed by deranged young men with a grudge who get their hands on semiautomatic weapons, one might question in what way this is similar to an isolated altercation?

What they have in common is rage and the use of deadly force to end an argument or to settle a feeling of being slighted. Look at the recent case in Clearwater, Florida. A lady drove into a parking place designated as a "handicapped parking" spot. Her boyfriend, named McGlockton, went into the convenience store. A regular customer of the store started yelling at McGlockton’s girlfriend outside after complaining about her parking there.

Another customer went inside to tell the manager about the disturbance. McGlockton walked outside and shoved the customer to the ground. The customer on the ground drew his gun, shot McGlockton in the chest and killed him. After an investigation by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, it was decided not to charge the man because of the “Stand Your Ground “ law.

The problem with such a law is obvious. It allows a person to use deadly force when that type of self-protection is not justified. McGlockton was not armed. There were two options. Either the customer could have called the police or walked away. Instead he acted under the “Stand Your Ground” law to use excessive force that led to the death of a human being. One could question why the regular customer used his gun to settle the argument. When the emotion associated with rage, fear, or revenge takes over and a gun is involved, this type of needless violence can result. The Parkland shooter also had a grudge and a gun to carry out his revenge.

Florida, because of its gun laws and the concept of “Stand Your Ground”, has introduced a Wild West atmosphere reminiscent of the 1800’s. All one needs is an excuse to draw a gun and kill, whether it is one person at a convenience store or a school full of kids. Because of “Stand Your Ground”, our legislators have granted ordinary citizens in Florida a license to kill. It needs to be revoked.

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 Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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