KILLING: The taking of a life.
HOMICIDE: The taking of a human life.
JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE: The killing without evil or criminal intent, for which there can be no blame.
MURDER: The crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethough.
I was reviewing my mail alerts that I had abandoned pretty much this week while engaged in other endeavors, when I bumped into an article by the San Francisco Chronicle announcing that Stand Your Ground Laws actually increase murders rates.
I was actually shocked. I mean just this week the FBI Unified Crime report came out for 2011 indicating that violent crime including murder has dropped for the fifth consecutive year. So, what the hell is going on here? The article is based on a study made by Texas A&M University titled : Does Strengthening Self-Defense Law Deter Crime Or Escalate Violence? Evidence From Castle Doctrine. The first problem right off the bat is the assumption that Stand Your ground was created to deter crime, nothing farther than the truth. SYG laws was conceived to allow law abiding citizens to defend themselves without having to attempt to engage in the dangerous practice of Duty to Retreat which is the stupid concept that you can outrun a bullet fired by a criminal.
Next I get to read that Stand Your Ground is a creation of the State of Florida in 2005 which tells me that the “researchers” somehow missed the cases of Beard v. United States – 158 U.S. 550 (1895) and Brown v. United States, 256 U.S. 335 (1921) and which I previously posted in this post.
If you keep on reading the study, even though they make the distinction between justifiable homicide and murder, soon enough they either willfully or by stupidity, start mixing the first definition with the second. I gave up reading the rest of the “study” after that and I am laying my bets on the side of willful application of BS. I know that the quality of education in our universities has decreased, but this smells more like a political hatchet job than an “oopsie.”