Florida Senator Bill Nelson – Stand Your Ground Law “Ought to be Changed”
Florida’s long time Democratic senator, Bill Nelson, in a recent interview suggested that Florida’s “stand your ground” self defense law needs to be changed.
According to MSNBC,
“I think where there are the extreme cases, for example, a guy gets into a fight; he leaves, goes to his car, gets a gun and comes back and kills the person he was fighting. To use Stand Your Ground in that circumstance is ridiculous,” he told Mitchell.
“And yet, in 200 cases in my state of Florida, they go all over the waterfront as to how they’ve been adjudicated. And so I think the law needs to be considerably tightened.”
“Since it’s in about two dozen states, you’re not going to wipe out the laws. Maybe down the road we do need to change these and completely eliminate them, but in the meantime they need to be severely constricted,” he told Mitchell.
The senator’s comments and the debate on self defense laws follows the acquittal of George Zimmerman almost 2 weeks ago in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. An all female jury found that Zimmerman acted in self defense when he shot Martin.
The case has also caused several Democratic politicians to speak out on “stand your ground” self defense laws. Stand your ground laws require no duty to retreat before resorting to deadly force when you are the victim of a crime.
While Zimmerman did not argue a stand your ground defense, the jury was instructed on the statute in the jury instructions.