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‘Stand Your Ground’ laws in Florida do not deter crimes

February 19, 2014

To the editor: If we are going to talk about gun control, let’s consider the matter with facts and not with fear, anger, hatred or speculation....

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Feb-21-14 10:02 AM

Ms Dickinson's letter contains many statements that are false.

1. Florida's "stand your ground" law was passed as one part of 2005 SB 436.

2. The "stand your ground" law has nothing to do with the decision to shoot. Never did.

3. To which study is Ms Dickinson's letter referring? The "8 percent increase in homicides" may be referring to the as-yet-not-peer-reviewed Hoekstra study.

The 8 percent increase in the Hoekstra study refers to homicides and not specifically criminal homicide.

This is a huge difference as a justified homicide is the way the system is supposed to work within the law. There are some murdering-rapist-thugs that need to be shot when attacking an innocent citizen/resident.

4. While the Florida murder rate has been mostly flat, all other forms of violent crime have been significantly reduced since the passage of SB 436.

To claim that violent crimes increased since the passage of SB 436 is false.

Ms Dickinson's letter is unsup

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Feb-19-14 8:34 PM

I believe legitimate statistics overwhelmingly verifies that armed taxpayers deter crime.

I was in prison and more ashamedly I was also a politician and I can tell you that crooks (particularly bankers and politicians) are frightened to death of an armed citizenry.

There are currently enough laws on the books to address criminals with guns.

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