Laws and Effect

“A 2007 Missouri law allows people to use deadly force under certain circumstances, including against someone who ‘attempts to unlawfully enter a dwelling, residence or vehicle’ that is occupied. The legislation, backed by the National Rifle Association, was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican-led Legislature.” Following the shooting of “16-year-old Ralph Yarl, an honor student who went to the wrong Kansas City address while attempting to pick up his younger siblings,” AP wonders: Can a doorbell ring justify a ‘stand your ground’ shooting?

+ The Guardian: ‘Stand your ground’: the US laws linked to rising deaths and racist violence.

+ WaPo (Free Article): America’s toxic mix of guns, concern over crime — and fear-mongering. (Fox News hasn’t had to pay a dime for its role in this disaster.)

+ In addition to the kid who went to the wrong house and the young woman who pulled into the wrong driveway, we now have the case of 2 Texas cheerleaders who were shot after 1 tried to get in the wrong car after practice. For thousands of gun violence victims a year, being in the wrong place at the wrong time means being in modern day America.

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