Trayvon Martin and Florida’s Right to Murder Law
Florida’s law makes it dead easy to get away with murder
Trayvon Martin was 17 when he was killed – almost a man. But anyone who heard his screams for help on the 911 tape, followed by gunshots, knows that a child was killed that night…
Two people are alone. One pulls out a gun and kills the other. If they are in Florida, it is almost impossible to convict – or even to arrest – the killer. If the sole survivor of a two person confrontation is willing to lie (and what murderer isn’t) CHAPTER 776 of the Florida Statute says, OK by us, here’s your gun back, now go home and mix yourself a celebration martini!
The statute is called “JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE.” But effectively, it makes “justifiable” into a simple opinion. And thus, all use of force becomes justifiable.
But that’s not all. CHAPTER 776 is such bad law that one has to wonder whether it was written accidentally by idiots or on purpose by morons. Here’s what turned Florida into a murderer’s paradise:
(From FL776.012) …a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
(1) He or she 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…
You may need to read it again. In Florida, you do not actually have to be threatened to execute someone. You just have to believe you are. So the same paranoid nutbag that is afraid leave the house without a gun tucked under his shirt is allowed to decide whether the person he killed was actually threatening him. What if he just imagined it? In Florida, it doesn’t matter. It was still perfectly OK for him to kill another person. He can do it as many times – to as many people – as he imagines might hurt him. Or take his watch.
From FL776.013 A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so...Continued on the next page