Stand Your Ground is Flawed
I feel terribly sad just like the rest of the country about the killing of Trayvon Martin. In Anthony Turner's article on the New York Times Learning Network, "Unarmed and Innocent about the death of Trayvon Martin," http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/on-trayvon-martin-a-guest-p... , he explains what happened and his opinion on the facts. He also shows his sadness towards Trayvon's situation and sympathy for his family.
In his article Turner says: “This [situation] brings up a lot of questions." His main questions are “When does an innocent high school student become 'intimidating' 'threatening' or 'suspicious'?" It is what George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin said about his victim. What Anthony Turner said is very true. Should he be worried for his life because he fits in that description of what Zimmerman is intimidated by, which is a personal opinion how a person seems to another?
I believe the "Stand Your Ground Law" that Turner speaks of needs to be looked over again if that is going to be the case. If Zimmerman had the right to do that because of the Stand Your Ground Law, then Anthony should be afraid he is next. Basically now the only question is, when will it happened to someone like Anthony again?
I am learning more about the laws which will affect the case of Trayvon Martin. In particular what I am wondering about is about the Stand Your Ground Law. I was researching this Law online to learn more of what it is really about. I looked up "Stand Your Ground in Wikipedia and I found an article that gives information. It says this law can be used in defense of a person who did the killing.
In the case of Trayvon Martin, the man who killed him is now using that as his defense, and in the article by Anthony Turner he says: "Florida’s 'Stand Your Ground' law, which justifies bodily harm or death if the person feels intimidated or threatened, is so flawed: anyone can feel threatened if they are scared or paranoid about their safety.” This is very important and true, and this will play a big part in the case. I believe the law should be looked over again. That is also proof that Anthony Turner may feel the same.
The quote that I chose here is basically saying that the law can help someone when in a real situation of needing to defend yourself or stand your ground. But the law might also be flawed because it's an opinion on how intimidating a person needs to be to kill and there is a limit. As Turner says, “A can feel scared or paranoid about their safety." This is absolutely true.
I think this is strong statement because it makes me wonder how many other people tried to use the Stand Your Ground Law as their defense but were never in any type distress. When it came time to telling their stories, they could have pretended they were intimidated or scared. Everyone is different so it's possible the man who killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman could have just been paranoid.
Paranoia can come in many kinds of ways and it is not a good defense to say you are paranoid. He could have been a little paranoid with his thoughts and could have also had compulsive thoughts that lead him to do what he did. Therefore everyone is not the same, some might be crazy and some untruthful and more. So considering those things the law needs to go away.
A third sentence in Turner's essay that stood out to me was: “As a young black male myself, I sometimes get the sense people judge me on my appearance.” That stood out to me because he is putting himself in Trayvon's place, and it brings questions and valid points to develop his essay.
I do agree with Anthony Turner's opinion because he puts himself his Trayvon shoes. That incident could have happened to anyone like Trayvon and Anthony himself who fits that description. A hoodie isn't a bad thing. It is just comfort wear and affordable wear for young people, but the main point is why should he have to feel like he has done something wrong when he travels anywhere?
I appreciate the Anthony Turner's essay because he brings a lot of good points for a jury to consider and understand because his points are very valid and correct not just an opinion. I look forward to seeing what he writes next. He is a very talented writer with very bright things to say. He explains important things as if he were Trayvon Martin's attorney which is a good thing. I look forward to seeing what he has to say on other topics.
Note: This was also posted on the New York Times Learning Network: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/on-trayvon-martin-a-guest-p...