Letter: An ill-conceived law
What did we learn from the George Zimmerman trial? I learned that in Florida and New Hampshire, and other states with stand-your-ground laws, that if you’re armed and pick a fight with an unarmed person, and that person happens to get the upper-hand in the fight such that you feel threatened, you can use your gun to kill that person. With the only witness dead, nobody can challenge your version of events.
And actually, the other person doesn’t have to fight you; you can simply shoot him and claim self defense, providing there are no other witnesses.
Let’s hope New Hampshire senators get a little more sense in their heads the next time a bill to kill the stand-your-ground law comes before them. People should have a right to defend themselves, but they shouldn’t be able to use an ill-conceived law as a cover to kill innocent people.
JOHN V. KJELLMAN