9/18/13 | by S.H. Blannelberry
There are more justifiable homicides in states with Stand Your Ground laws than ones without them, according to a recent study commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun control organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns found.
Yes, that’s correct. MAIG along with other pro-gun control outfits, National Urban League and VoteVets, released a report on Monday that showed a 53 percent increase in justifiable homicides in states that have passed ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, which removes the duty to retreat and allows one to use force, including deadly force, if one reasonably fears for his/her life.
In states that have not enacted SYG laws, justifiable homicides increased by only 5 percent over that same time period, roughly 2005-2011, the report titled, “Shoot First: ‘Stand Your Ground Laws and Their Effect on Violent Crime and the Criminal Justice System,” stated.
So, one could make the argument that their study backfired. MAIG wanted a study that showed an increase in gun-related crime, particularly with a congressional hearing on SYG scheduled for this week (which ended up being postponed due to the Navy Yard shooting).
What MAIG got was a study that showed an increase in justifiable homicides, which the FBI primarily defines as “the killing of a felon during the commission of a felony by a private citizen.”
In short, more good guys killing more bad guys in states that have enacted SYG.
The argument for repealing SYG laws because they increase the rate of justifiable homicides is a specious one, as constitutional law professor and Research Director of the Independence Institute, David Kopel pointed out in a Guns.com interview last year.
“If it’s a justifiable homicide, by definition that means that a crime victim used necessary force to protect herself from a violent felony attacker,” explained Kopel. “To complain that the number of cases of lawful self-defense has increased amounts to saying that more innocent people should have been victimized.”
Indeed. But that doesn’t stop gun control advocates from calling for the repeal of these, as they refer to them, “shoot first” laws.