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Clay Bennett

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 3 years ago

    Do only guys with guns get to stand their ground? If one guy ends up dead, how’s the law know who was standing and who was encroaching ground? Seems to me a lot of common law — such as the rights to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — is out the window here to make sure somebody can fire his or her weapon.

  2. David B

    David B said, over 3 years ago

    GOOGLE: Roderick Scott Rochester, NY.

    Reverse situation, same outcome on a righteous shooting. Where’s the outrage?

  3. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, over 3 years ago

    There have been plenty of cases where stand your ground has allowed gang members and drug dealers (as well as violent criminals) avoid prosecution. Doesn’t it make you all warm inside to know that Zimmerman is among great company?

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “I was shocked to find out that my home state of Illinois has such a “law”.”

    Clark, I know of no state that doesn’t include “stand your ground” in reference to home invasion. As for all the stuff that you think will defend you, I hope it’s sarcasm. Nothing that you listed will defend you against an armed intruder.

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    Excuse me? How about "if you are someone who thinks all young black men in a hoodie offer grievous bodily harm to you, and you ignore police warnings to stand down and PURSUE such a person and shoot him, even if he is unarmed, you will go free.
    If you are not black and he is, of course. Since a woman in FLORIDA who shot into the air to scare off her abusive ex-husband (who was violating a restraining order) got 20 years. Oh, she’s black.
    And where on Earth do you get the idea that this was NOT a Stand Your Ground case? It was explicitly in the instructions to the jury.

  6. charliekane

    charliekane said, over 3 years ago

    “The law discourages persons from taking the law into their own hands. Still the law does permit men to defend themselves … And when violence is used for the purpose of repelling a wrong, the degree of violence must not be disproportioned to the wrong to be prevented, or it is not justified.”

    “Stand your ground” laws take hundreds of years of common law experience, derived from the bigger head, and pervert it for the sake of a few seconds’ testosterone rush.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Okay folks, let’s see the REAL message in the Zimmerman case: If some “creepy looking cracker”, or ANYONE starts following you, especially if they get out of a vehicle to follow you down a sidewalk, pull out your MAC 10 and WASTE ‘EM!!! Don’t give them the chance to shoot you, don’t use fists or martial arts, don’t let ’em get that close to you!!

  8. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    “Officer Serino, who took the stand again on Tuesday, said the expletives that Mr. Zimmerman used as he was pursuing Mr. Martin connoted ill will — a necessary component in a second-degree murder conviction. The police officers were also clearly disturbed that Mr. Zimmerman, a community watch volunteer, seemed to have pursued Mr. Martin on foot after a police operator had told him he need not do so.”
    Apology, please?

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    ^I arrested hundreds of people, first years, we didn’t even carry guns. I never had to shoot anyone, even ARMED people, to affect an arrest. Having citizens “playing cop”, with guns, and no sense of responsibility for their actions, is, sadly, fostered by “stand your ground”, especially when placed so poorly in the hands, so to speak, of such as Zimmerman.

    In combat, guns were a different thing.

    As a “civilian” I also had “encounters” with violent people, who STARTED the incidents, mostly because I WAS a G.I. in “their” town, and they resented the military, had nothing to do with ’Nam actually.

    Walking in Portland with my boss one night, we came upon to “gentlemen” of a different race, who might have had ill intent. I just greeted them with a friendly smile, and said" Hi guys, how’s it going this evening." They both sat back down on the bridge rail, smiled, and said “just fine, man”.

    My boss asked, “What would you have done if they’d tried to mug us?” I quite honestly (given experience and training, NOT a “tough guy”) simply said, “Thrown them on the freeway.” My boss just meekly said, “oh”.

    So, there IS something to say that is NOT BS, and is of value for all people who may find themselves in “uncomfortable” circumstance. The best way to avoid becoming a victim, is don’t behave, or act like one!!! In dealing with cougars and bears, or “hostile” people, standing your ground (no gun needed), and watching your posture and demeanor to appear confident, and by effect, “bigger than your are”, IS a powerful defense!! I’ve seen 5’3" women effectively use this technique.

    Of course, there’s also the fact that if you don’t go looking for trouble, you’re less likely to find it.

  10. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Seems to me that ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws are a form of a legalized (and juvenile) game of ‘Chicken’. And if Police Departments are against it, how can SYG be a good thing?

  11. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 3 years ago


    …and that’s what zimmerman did, went looking for trouble. He found it.

  12. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 3 years ago

    Odd how many interpret Neighborhood Watch as Neighborhood Intervention.

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