In July, 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton was shot and killed during an argument in Florida over a parking space. A local sheriff did not charge or arrest the shooter, claiming the use of deadly force is protected under the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Incidents like this have become all too familiar — this prejudicial gun law prevents justice from being served and disproportionately devalues the lives of people of color.
Stand Your Ground laws allow a person to kill another person even when they can clearly and safely walk away from the danger, and even in public areas like parking lots and playgrounds. Thanks to these laws, Americans can shoot first and ask questions later. This must end NOW.