Why is “Duty To Retreat” Superior to “Stand Your Ground”?

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Self-defense laws required a “duty to retreat”. Meaning a threatened person could not harm another, especially with deadly force, if there was an opportunity to flee. The threatened person had to be trapped or cornered.

In 2005, Florida became the first state to remove any “duty to retreat”. By 2012, 19 other states did the same. These laws became known as “stand…



J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.

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