The jury decision to convict a man in Jacksonville of lesser charges in the homicide of a young man who did nothing more than play loud music is yet another example of Florida’s flawed Stand Your Ground law and the NRA-backed concealed-weapons permitting process.
Both pieces of poorly thought-out legislation, in essence, allow people to act as judge and jury and, in some cases, law-enforcement officers by empowering them not to retreat in the face of perceived danger even when there is none or when there is the option for the person to walk away.
Many of those who possess a concealed-carry permit would never pass a psychological test or a more thorough background investigation.
Until significant changes are made to these laws, these senseless and unnecessary deaths will continue.
Charles Miller, Davie