Don’t you love it when a semi-literate reporter attempts to attack “stand your ground” laws when they aren’t remotely relevant to the case at hand?
We’re seeing that idicoy today from KSWT 13 in a Yuma, Arizona case of self-defense inside the home.
Arizona is a part of many states with the ‘Stand your ground’ law, which allows anyone to use force as self-defense. Now one man in Yuma is dead after breaking into a home and getting shot to death, Friday night.
A Yuma resident at Medpark Apartments heard knocking at their door around 8 p.m. Friday evening.
Sgt. Lori Franklin said, “When the residents opened the door, Selitto pushed his way into the apartment.” The Yuma Police Department are identifying that man as 48-year-old Thomas Selitto.
Franklin said, “When he was asked to leave, he came towards the homeowner, then they proceeded to shoot Selitto.” He was later pronounced deceased.
Franklin says the family was home at the time and are considered victims in this case.
Let’s see of we can educate KSWT a little bit.
While the exact wording of so-called “stand your ground” laws vary from state to state, they are laws designed to eliminate a very dangerous “duty to retreat” that used to be part of self-defense laws in many states. Before so-called “stand your ground” laws, a person had a legal duty to attempt to physically flee an attack occurring in public, which could potentially expose them to even more deadly attacks from the aggressor from behind.
Citizens, however, have never had a duty to attempt to retreat from attackers inside their own homes. this dates back hundreds of years into English common law, which is in turn based on Roman laws thousands of years old.
The mainstream media is blindingly ignorant of self-defense laws in general, and have been publicly attacking stand your ground since the trial of George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin.
In Zimmerman’s case, the media constantly and incorrectly ranted about stand your ground laws, when Florida’s stand your ground laws were in no way relevant to the case, and were brought up neither by the prosecution nor the defense during the trial.
In that case George Zimmerman was walking back to his truck after calling 911 when Trayvon Martin came up behind Zimmerman, confronted him, sucker-punched Zimmerman, and then attempted to beat him to death while sitting on top of him in what mixed martial arts fans would recognize as a “full mount” position.
Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin was normal self-defense, as are most self-defense shootings, and almost all in-home self-defense shootings, including this one in Yuma.