LETTER: Are stand-your-ground laws a problem?

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Submitted to the Spencer Magnet

Twenty-six states have stand-your-ground laws on the books (including Kentucky). Eric Holder recently has been critical of these laws because he feels they contribute to situations like the one involving Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
This was a tragedy.
Eric Holder is a tragedy, too. He feels that it is OK to allow firearms to be smuggled to Mexico where they are used to kill Mexican citizens. Is that OK because they are not black?  At last count, some 210 Mexicans have been killed by the firearms that Holder “allowed” to be sent across the border. They are still in use so the number will increase.
The stand your ground laws are not the problem. These laws exist to protect citizens being attacked. Evidence in the recently concluded trial established that Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman creating a life-threatening situation. George Zimmerman responded with deadly force as allowed by law. There is a significant body of court decisions (including the Supreme Court) that places the responsibility for protecting your life, family and property with you, not law enforcement agencies.
The real tragedy is the Martin family that raised Trayvon. In court, they had the polished appearance of a nuclear family. It was an act staged for the court and “mainstream” media consumption.
A short history: Trayvon’s father left his mother when Trayvon was about 3. Shortly, he was living with an unofficial stepmother who apparently raised him until he was in his mid-teens. At this point he moved back to his mother. This did not work out so he was sent to live with his father. For some reason he was not living with his father, but with his father’s girlfriend nearby.
Within a couple of months of Trayvon’s demise he had been in some trouble at school with stolen property and marijuana. So he was not attending school.
Consider where Trayvon might have been at 17 years old and in high school if his parents had a real interest in his well being. He would have been at home in bed after completing his homework, not out at night going to a convenience store for candy and tea.
This is the sad situation of Trayvon Martin. No family, no fatherly guidance, no motherly advice. More sadly is the fact that his parents find him worth more now than when he was alive. They have collected some $2 million from their first lawsuit and will most likely sue others in a quest for more money.
This is a case of unintended conseqences. The consequences of not providing a nurturing environment for your offsprings.
Using “Stand Your Ground Laws” as a cause of this tragedy would be like saying tall buildings caused 9/11.
William J. Rutherford