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The folly of 'Stand Your Ground' laws

I really identify with the contributor who compared the George Zimmerman verdict to the lynchings of the past ("The new lynching," July 27). The "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida and other states enables people carrying a gun to be the judge, jury and executioner of anyone who appears to threaten them and to do so "legally."

In the Trayvon Martin case, President Barack Obama got to the heart of the matter when he asked if Trayvon had been of age and carried a gun, would he have been able to "stand his ground" and shoot Mr. Zimmerman if he felt threatened by this one who was following him? And would the jury have freed him of responsibility like Mr. Zimmerman was freed?

Standing your ground when someone breaks into your home is a whole different situation than "stand your ground" in public. Surely, we don't want to reinstitute "lynching" in this country.

David L. Pollitt, Catonsville

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