Shoot to Kill: A Critical Look at Stand Your Ground Laws
34 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 27, 2016
This article takes a critical look at expanded self-defense laws, known as "Castle" or "Stand Your Ground" laws. It focuses on Florida because it passed the statute that has served as a model for other states. First, this article discusses the history and mechanics of Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Because special interest groups like the National Rifle Association were instrumental in passing the law, the next part contemplates whether Stand Your Ground would have been chosen by citizens operating behind the "veil of ignorance" in the hypothetical "original position" as formulated by John Rawls in A Theory of Justice. Finally, the essay harnesses empirical data in considering whether states should continue to support Stand Your Ground laws.
Keywords: Stand Your Ground laws, Castle laws, Self defense, National Rifle Association, Veil of ignorance, Original position, John Rawls
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