In February 2012, teenager Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Last month, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and freed.
The circumstances of the shooting caused an uproar. Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old black youth who was shot by Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed-race Hispanic who was a neighborhood watch coordinator, after Zimmerman believed him to be acting suspiciously. After calling the police, who advised Zimmerman to wait until officers arrived, he and Martin got into a scuffle and the latter was killed.
Florida has a "stand your ground" law, which allows the use of force if a person fears they will be killed or badly injured. Most states have self-defense laws, but the Florida "stand your ground" law is different in that the person under threat does not have to retreat or warn their attacker before using deadly force.
Q: Although Zimmerman's defense team didn't use the "stand your ground" law at the trial, what's your take on these laws? Are they reasonable or is there a possibility that they'll lead to more such deaths?