A particularly subtle omission was the part about justifiable homicides increasing since the passage of stand your ground laws without mentioning anything about the increase, decrease, or lack of change in the rate of violent crime in general. What the author of this article conveniently ignores is that, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, violent crime has decreased significantly since 2005 and, as of 2011, is at a 20 year low in the state. Since 2005 when SYG was passed in Florida, the total number of violent crimes has decreased by 17.4% and the rate of violent crime per 100,000 people has decreased by 15.3%.
Justifiable Homicide, by definition, is not a crime. What has actually happened in Florida is that cases of lawful self-defense have increased while the violent crime rate has dropped. The author of this article cannot help but bring up the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident (it's mentioned within the very first sentence of the article) in an attempt to paint justifiable homicides as people who are getting away with murder. It is however, an unconvincing argument since the author provides absolutely no evidence that the majority, or even a significant number, of the justified homicides in Florida are anything but what they've been legally determined to be: genuine cases of self-defense (even the Martin/Zimmerman incident cannot be classified as an unjustified homicide at this point as it has not yet gone to trial).
Then again, none of this is particularly surprising considering the source. As others have pointed out, Mother Jones is not known for being a beacon of unbiased reporting and SYG, and RKBA in general for that matter, simply does not fit their political ideology. Even if one had never encountered that publication before, the plethora of advertisements for left-wing figures and causes on their website is what a detective would call a clue.
Smith, and Wesson, and Me. -H. Callahan
Well waddaya know, one buwwet weft! -E. Fudd
All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures. -J. Caesar
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