Debunk the Florida Task Force’s outrageous claims on Shoot First
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Despite the growing body of evidence showing Shoot First laws
result in more killing — not safer communities – the Task Force
examining Florida’s Shoot First law is listening to NRA lobbyists and
claiming they found no evidence the law is actually dangerous. Before
they submit any misguided recommendations on Shoot First laws to
Florida’s legislators, it’s critical to get the facts out.
“I am writing with deep concern over the claim made by the Task Force
on Citizen Safety and Protection that there is no evidence showing
Shoot First laws are dangerous.
Numerous studies — including those from Georgia State University,
Texas A&M, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press —
clearly indicate that letting people shoot first and ask questions later
results in more killing – not safer communities. Texas A&M, for
example, found that Shoot First laws result in up to 700 additional
homicides nationwide each year. That’s not keeping my family safe.
I call on this Task Force to reexamine the mounting body of evidence
condemning Shoot First laws and use the facts to inform your
recommendations for Florida’s legislators. Below, I have included
summaries of just a few recent studies.
More facts you can include:
1. The June 2012 Texas A&M study reviewed
more than 20 states with Stand Your Ground laws between the years of
2000 to 2010. The study found no evidence that the law was a crime
deterrent but instead found that burglary, robbery, aggravated assault
are unaffected by the law. On the other hand, the report finds that the
laws were associated with an increase in homicides of about 8%,
representing 500 to 700 homicides nationwide each year. 2. Georgia State University researchers used
monthly data from the US Vital Statistics to examine how Stand Your
Ground laws affect homicides in America. Their results indicate that
Stand Your Ground laws are associated with a significant increase in the
number of homicides among whites — especially white males. According to
their estimates 4.4 to 7.4 additional white males are killed each month
as a result of these laws. They conclude that their findings raise
significant questions against the argument that Stand Your Ground laws
make Americans safer. 3. A Wall Street Journal analysis found that
states which passed SYG laws experienced an increase in justifiable
homicides of more than 50% in the years following passage, whereas
states that did not change their self-defense laws experienced little
change during the same period. 4. The Associated Press in Florida found:
60% of people shielded by Stand Your Ground had at least one
previous arrest prior to the time they killed someone. 59% percent of
those with previous arrest records went free.
40% of defendants had 3 or more arrests on their record.
More than a third had previously been in trouble for threatening someone with a gun or illegally carrying a weapon.
5. An analysis of homicides by John Roman and
Mitch Downey of the Urban Institute found that in states with SYG laws,
twice as many homicides were likely to be deemed justified than in
non-SYG states. Shootings of Blacks by Whites were more likely to go