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There is no need to confront the ever aggressive USA. It is self destructing under the|
weight of a hopelessly outdated constitution written before the advent of the steam engine.
That constitution was written primarily by wealth slave owners.
Thanks to the second amendment the USA is now awash in handguns. There are more
privately held guns in the USA than there are people.
And now with laws like "stand your ground" it is OK to shot someone you disagree
with and have a fear of.
Add to that a president who preys upon people's prejudices, fears, and hatred
and you have a recipe for self destruction.
Florida gunman will not be charged after killing man in parking dispute because of 'stand your ground' law
Andrew Buncombe -- The Independent -- July 23, 2018
A woman who watched as a man shot and killed her boyfriend in a Florida parking lot, has claimed the shooter “wanted someone to be angry at”, after police said they would not be charging him with any crime as a result of the state’s controversial self defence laws.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced he did not intend to charge 47-year-old Michael Drejka, who is white, over the shooting death of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, who is black. Mr Drejka shot and killed Mr McGlockton last week in a parking area outside a convenience store in Clearwater, 25 miles west of Tampa.
Video showed Mr Drejka aiming at and shooting Mr McGlockton as he sat on the floor, after Mr McGlockton had shoved him to the ground, after an argument over a parking space became heated. The video showed Mr McGlockton run back inside the store before falling to the ground. He died 30 minutes later after being taken to hospital.
Last Friday, a day after the incident, Mr Gualtieri, the police chief, told reporters he was not arresting or charging Mr Drejka because he believed his actions fell under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which allows someone to use deadly force if they believe they are in mortal danger.
Mr Gualtieri said his office will forward the case to prosecutors for a final decision. “I don't make the law. I enforce the law. I'm going to enforce it the way it's written. Others can have the debate about whether they like it or not," he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
He said the case would be reviewed by the state attorney who will determine whether Mr Drejka should be charged. But he said prosecutors would have to provide “clear and convincing evidence that [he] was not entitled to use force”. Mr Drejka, who has yet to comment on the incident, owned the gun legally and possessed a concealed carry permit.
Florida’s stand your ground law went into effect on October 1 2005, but it became under intense scrutiny following the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Police originally cited the law when they said they were not going to charge self-appointed community watchman George Zimmerman.
More than 480,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be prosecuted. He eventually stood trial, but was found not guilty on all charges.