Arizona is one of the more than thirty states with a “stand your ground” law, which entitles citizens to use deadly force against other people who they believe to be a threat.
A recent study from Texas A&M shows the true danger of such a law: States that have enacted “stand your ground” laws have seen a 7 to 9 percent increase in homicide rates. The inherent racism of “stand your ground” cannot be ignored either. When white shooters kill black victims, 34 percent of the resulting homicides are deemed justifiable; when black shooters kill white victims, only 3 percent of the deaths are ruled justifiable.
It is clear that these laws do not make us any safer or civil, benefiting only gun manufacturers and private prisons.
Coincidentally enough, these are the two groups who lobbied to enact “stand your ground” in Arizona two years ago.