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72: "Stand Your Ground" Laws, Culture, & What it Means

This week, Brady called on the Ohio House of Representatives’ Criminal Justice Committee to vote against H.B. 381, a “Stand Your Ground” law which would allow individuals to use lethal force in public spaces by removing their “duty to retreat.” This bill would empower individuals to use lethal force even in confrontations that could end peacefully. Stand Your Ground laws were thrust into the national spotlight after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and continue to be controversial. To talk about what these laws are, how they’ve developed, and their history of use against people of color, host JJ is joined by Kelly Sampson, legal counsel at Brady, and Dr. Caroline Light, an author and historian whose work focuses on America’s fascination with “castle doctrine”-style legislation.

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