TALLAHASSEE — The death of an unarmed 17-year-old and a police department’s reluctance to charge or arrest the neighborhood watch captain who shot him has stoked a national debate about a 2005 Florida law at the center of the case. The “stand your ground” law …  allows people to use deadly force in cases of self-defense when they believe their life is at risk … Previously, Floridians outside of their home, workplace or car were required to use every reasonable means available to avoid danger before using deadly force. –Tampa Bay Times, March 21.

Stand your ground. Stand your ground!

Chamber in another round!

Some guy sitting in the mall

May seem innocent and all

But what looks like a Cinnabon

In his hand might be a gun.

Better not to take a chance.

Look! He’s starting to advance!

Heading for the Sunglass Hut

Keep him in your sight!  That nut

Thinks he won’t be recognized

When he comes out in disguise.

Safest to assume the worst

Pull your piece and get him first

Assume position by this trash bin.

Cover me, I’m going in.

Stand your ground, stand your ground

If some kid is hanging ‘round

Looks as if he might harass you

Walks behind but doesn’t pass you

Ask yourself: are you in danger?

From this violent hooded stranger?

If you answer yes, or “maybe,”

Some momma’s gonna lose her baby.

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