‘Stand Your Ground’ Is Neither New nor Unusual

Stand your ground” is not new. While “22 states…have enacted ‘stand your ground’-type statutes in the past two decades,” Jamison writes, “an additional nine have established through case law that there is no duty to retreat.” The California Supreme Court, for example, “empowered its citizens to stand their ground and use deadly force in public places about 120 years ago.”

“Stand your ground” is the rule, not the exception. “More than 225 million Americans live in states where they have no duty to retreat, either because of ‘stand your ground’ statutes or because of case law,” notes an infographic accompanying Jamison’s article. “Far fewer Americans—roughly 88 million—live in states where they have a duty to retreat.”

FK – Mainstream propaganda is the rule not the exception.