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Old June 26, 2018, 10:03 AM   #37
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Many of the stand your ground laws that I have read protect a person who uses lethal force in self defenseeven if the person who used force instigated the incident. To understand why, think about road rage. Honk at someone, refuse to pull over and let them in, sure, the guy can take offense and you wind up killing him. Tell a guy that his dog is ugly and it escalates? tell a dirty joke?

A person can in principle even start a physical fight, yet still be justified in saving his own life if the other guy leaps to attack him with a weapon.

personal defense is defined by defending yourself, not by fault, and that's a really good thing. "Instigation" is a moving target, if you look at another guy's wife and he targets you verbally, did he start it or did you?
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