I had written recently about the proposed "shoot first" bill in the Minnesota legislature that was vetoed by Governor Dayton. Police across Minnesota are glad he did. While I have not studied the differences in Minnesota's bill with that of Florida's existing law, I've been following the shooting of the Florida teenager by a block watch person who claims he was scared for his safety and was justified to shoot under Florida's "stand your ground" law. The police chief in the city where this occurred has temporarily stepped down and the law is being closely examined. This is a tragic case that may have been caused by a bad law. I am interested in your thoughts. I am sure this case will be closely evaluated by legal scholars and I look forward to seeing what we can do to prevent cases like this in the future.
Here is a news article on the law http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=149120748
and here is a story on the case and chief stepping down http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/bill-lee-trayvon-martin_n_1373475.html