The people are in the streets again. Understandably so. The cries are for justice. The death of Trayvon Martin has awakened dissatisfied people who want their truth heard. It is painful to admit that "white people who kill black people in 'Stand
Your Ground' states are 354% more likely to be cleared of murder." [dailymail.uk]
There are in existence quite tolerable laws concerning the conditions under which one can use deadly force and they could be set as a standard for state law.
New York State law includes provisions for the use of deadly force in self defense. The allowable circumstances are listed and each is detailed. The conditions are well detailed and leave little room for interpretation.
If you read the NYS Law (I found it quite interesting to think of the authors...) you will find the word 'retreat.' You see, if you can retreat then deadly physical force is not condoned. So if you're holding the gun, even if you're scared, you have to retreat. It seems like a good idea to me.If such a law, The Martin Law, was made a national standard we would be a long way toward paying a just tribute to Trayvon Martin. But we could build a great monument to his memory if we turned our attention and energy to understanding the causes of violence in America.