Andrew Branca, author of The Law of Self Defense and no stranger to these pages, recently participated in a debate on so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws at UC Berkley. His opening statement in the debate is probably the most cogent and succinct summation of what SYG does and doesn’t do that you’re likely to find.
It’s also worth noting that Mr. Branca kicked a bit of booty in the debate. At Berkley he won the student vote. No doubt part of the reason for this is that the CNN “Legal Analyst”…you know, the sort of person the news networks brought on to talk about the Zimmerman incident…didn’t actually have a command of the basic facts of what took place in the Zimmerman incident. I’ll give you a minute to recover from the shock of learning that the news networks put “experts” in front of the public who don’t actually have a reasonable command of the most basic elements of what they’re talking about. Yet they wonder why fewer people are paying attention to news outlets…
Social media, forums, and various other friend networks are incredible resources that will shape opinions more powerfully than anything CNN puts out there. When news stories hit, the ability to present a cogent, intelligent, reasonable argument in easily digestible form can make the difference in someone’s way of thinking. Lots of people online decrying the Zimmerman verdict didn’t know the facts of the case and certainly had no idea about the laws governing self defense. This kind of video is excellent ammunition in the fight against mainstream media spin.
Keep this video handy. The next time you see some question or controversy about “Stand Your Ground” laws, link it or post it in the discussion. Pro-gunners have the benefit of fact and reason on our side…so don’t hesitate to use them for maximum benefit.