Florida's shameful sham: A bogus review of Stand Your Ground law

March 9, 2013 

The task force commissioned by Gov. Rick Scott to review Florida's Stand Your Ground law has reached a verdict -- one entirely expected since the 19-member board was stacked with advocates of the law, including two of its authors and other lawmakers who voted for it.

"All persons who are conducting themselves in a lawful manner have a fundamental right to stand their ground and defend themselves from attack with proportionate force in every place they have a lawful right to be," the task force concluded -- to nobody's surprise.

So any perceived threat of bodily harm can still be met with deadly force.

The board did recommend some tweaks to the law in its report two weeks ago, urging the Legislature to examine its "unintended consequences."

Like episodes where victims were shot in the back while fleeing. How could that possibly be considered "standing your ground?" Yet the flawed law prevailed.

The board's statewide hearings were a bogus waste of time. The governor and the task force should be ashamed for perpetrating such a sham.

The law needs a major overhaul with very specific conditions outlining its application.

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