Castle Doctrine, Zimmerman, Academic disingenuousness

It is about the right for a person to be safe in society and what he can do if threatened.

“Castle doctrine” laws include three possible enhancements to existing self-defense laws. First: if people are someplace they have the right to be, they’re no longer obligated to attempt flight before using defensive force (Remove Duty to Retreat, also called Stand Your Ground). Second: if attacked, it’s reasonable for the defender to believe their life is at risk (Presumption of Reasonable Fear). Third: it’s much harder for attackers or their estate to sue for damages resulting from justifiable self-defense (Civil Liability Protection).

As well illustrated in the Zimmerman trial, even a right to basic self defense is questioned. Those ill at ease with the idea rationalize their views in a typical fashion. Howard Nemerov provides a case study in “Politicized ‘Science’: No, Castle Doctrine Does Not Increase Violent Crime.
Debunking the misleading “study” gathering steam with Second Amendment restrictionists.”

“Cheng and Hoekstra recently published an updated version of their research, yet the authors retained numerous errors from their earlier version, calling into question their methods and motives.” … “Cheng and Hoekstra claimed they wanted to determine “whether strengthening self-defense laws deters criminals,” but including burglary is simply an attempt to derogate “castle doctrine” for doing what it should: causing criminals to commit more property crimes and fewer violent crimes.”

This the ‘hockey stick’ phenomena about playing games with numbers as Mann did in the human caused climate disaster allegations. The efforts get deep into the woods where it is easy to get lost. The big issue, the fundamental question, gets left hanging in the branches. In this case, the question is just what a person should do if his home is invaded or if he is assaulted on the street or, as happened to Zimmerman, he is sucker punched to the ground and then subject to an MMA style beating. Can one defend oneself? Should one defend oneself? What should one do so that he doesn’t get killed or maimed in the assault or lynched for protecting himself? How does he figure out the best option?

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