Think of victims

 

Before the state determines that a person has lost his right to life, it takes a jury of his peers and a lengthy trial process.

Yet Florida lawmakers would have the average citizen make that decision in an instant.

Stand Your Ground laws misguidedly ask people to decide whether someone has lost their right to life.

It excuses preemptive strikes under the guise of preventing bodily harm.

Of course, when the “attacker” is dead after such run-ins, it’s the word of the person who fired the shot against the person in the grave, particularly when there are are no eyewitnesses.

Perhaps the NRA is happy with lawmakers’ vote, which means that they can keep their jobs come the next election.

They should pause, however, and consider the impact of gun violence on the victims.

They have lost much more than a political office.

Josh Malina, Golden Beach

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