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All right Texans, put down your guns.
As the country waits to see the fate of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who admits to killing Trayvon Martin, the topic of Stand Your Ground laws is a hot button issue.
The law is blamed for Martin’s death, as Zimmerman claims self-defense. Under Florida law, self-defense is justified in certain cases. Texas has a similar law.
The idea is to keep people from committing violence, knowing they could be killed. Those against it say this could give someone an excuse to kill. Then, when tried, the only one who knows the truth is six feet under.
Economics students at Texas A&M went in search of an answer to: Do Stand Your Ground laws save lives?
Their finding was not so much.
The study concludes: no deterrence of crime, and a seven to nine percent increase in murder and non-negligent manslaughter.
Basically, stronger self-defense laws equal increased homicides.
The study is nothing short of convoluted, using the last decade’s national crime statistics.
Let’s see if lawmakers pay attention.