A good column by E. J. Dionne Jr. on the misguided ‘stand your ground’ laws that have been passed in several states, laws that do not abide by the Catholic teaching on self-defense.
No Ground for ‘Stand Your Ground’
Statutes a Failure by Any Measure
The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide for as much clarity as possible, not expand the realms of ambiguity and subjectivity. Laws ought to bring about the practical results their promoters claim they’ll achieve. And at its best, the law can help us to live together more harmoniously.
By all these measures, “stand your ground” laws are a failure. These statutes make the already difficult task of jurors even harder. They aggravate mistrust across racial lines. They appear to increase rather than decrease crime.