The antis are tossing around this story. I gotta say there is probably a LOT more to it.
Tavarious China Smith was not particularly lucky. A small-time drug dealer in Manatee County, Smith sold crack and marijuana not once, not twice, but three times to undercover cops.
But in one respect, Smith, 29, hit the jackpot.
On two occasions, more than two years apart, he committed homicides but was not charged thanks to provisions of Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Smith claimed self-defense in both cases and prosecutors agreed. He never faced a judge or jury for fatally shooting Nikita Williams, 18, in February 2008 in a drug-related incident or Breon Mitchell, Williams’ 23-year-old half-brother, in December 2010.
Smith’s only punishment stemmed from using a gun to kill Mitchell. Since he was by then a felon, convicted on drug charges, Smith wasn’t allowed to carry the Ruger .357 Magnum he used to shoot Mitchell outside a Palmetto nightclub in 2010. In January, a federal judge in Tampa sent Smith to prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
OK so first up, this again isn’t the anti-rights “Free Pass”, charges were filed, then dismissed. Still this isn’t a reason to repeal the law, as criminals plying their trade (which implied in these cases) are exempt from SYG.
I think like this Massachusetts case, its bad justice from bleeding heart prosecutors ignoring the law. Might I remind you of this famous case in Massachusetts.
But rather than attack a justice system that doesn’t follow the law, they attack the law….because gun control ALWAYS WORKS!