As protests persist over Florida’s “stand your ground” law, state legislators are digging in. Yes, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has promised a legislative hearing in the fall on this free pass to provocateurs. But there’s no indication that the leadership has any intention of altering it. The chairman of the House committee expected to hold the hearing said last week he won’t change “one damn comma” of the law.
There is almost no chance that stand your ground will be repealed, despite the protesters’ demands. But legislators would make a mistake by refusing to consider even narrow changes. As written, the law is dangerously broad, with self-defense protections so expansive that they actually enable violent confrontations. Rejecting any attempt to fix it will lead to more needless deaths and could provoke political retaliation in 2014.
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