If you were planning on taking a trip down to Flordia, you might want to pump your breaks. They're having a little trouble figuring what's constitutional and what isn't. A judge ruled updates made to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-dense law by the state's Legislature are unconstitutional.
Apparently, the modifications make it the responsibility of prosecutors to prove that a person who shoots and kills another was not acting in self-defense under the "Stand Your Ground" law. When before, the person/defendant and their legal defense had to prove that they were acting in self-defense. It gives prosecutors more work when trying to put someone in jail for a murder case if they try to use "Stand Your Ground" as a defense. And all of this was backed by the National Rifle Association, whose slogan should be "Shoot now, ask questions later or not at all." Also, Florida's Governor Rick Scott supports the changes since he's the one who signed them into law last month.
Originally, the law stated:
"a person is justified in the use of deadly force and has no duty to retreat if the person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself, or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony"
Which basically means, if you shoot someone, you can argue in court that it was self-defense and get off even if you killed the person. However, even before the revisions judges were still able to throw out high-profile murder cases like they were traffic stops. Though, we can guess that most of the men who got off weren't Black.
Remember, this is the same law that acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder. The man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a defenseless young Black man, who was armed with nothing more than a beverage and some candy. And now Florida Legislature wants to make it easier for other young Black men to suffer his fate.
Tell me if this makes sense. A white man shoots a defenseless young Black man. He goes to court but claims that he did it in self-defense. Now the prosecutors have to spend all of their time proving that he murdered the kid, even though there are no eye-witnesses. The problem with racists nowadays is that they aren't as open as they used to be. They've gotten better at hiding it and laws like this help them hide in plain sight and carnage innocent Black people.
This is just another lesson on why we need to be careful of who we vote for. While some of us sit at home on Election Day watching reruns on TVOne, people who would like to do us harm are getting into office almost unanimously. They're taking away the rights that our parents and grandparents fought for.