The Unequal Justice of Stand Your Ground Laws
By Collyn Stephens
The United States of America is a conflicted country. There are over 300 million guns in circulation and counting, around 16 million active conceal carry weapon permits, and legislatures continue to pass statutes that allow more deadly force to be used as an acceptable method of conflict resolution; it is difficult to imagine that the sum of these equaling a less violent society. Instead, a culture of fear and normalization of gun usage, outside of war time and marksmanship, has taken hold of this country and it is the people that will suffer.
Janai Wilson and Cody Devine were sleeping in a vacant duplex when the owner fired eight bullets at them, killing Devine. They were unarmed, and still, the owner claimed self-defense and was found not guilty of all charges. Could Cody Devine’s life have been saved with a phone call to the local police department?
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