Are Shoot First laws a license for white people to kill black people?
According to a new study from Texas A&M University - the ALEC and Wal-Mart backed "stand your ground, shoot first" laws across the country do not deter crime like proponents say they do - but in fact cause more of it. The study's authors argue that "stand your ground, shoot first" laws increase the chances of murder or manslaughter "by lowering the expected costs associated with using lethal force." The release of the Texas A&M study comes just days after the U.S Commission on Civil Rights announced that it would be taking a closer look at "stand your ground, shoot first" laws - after numerous studies have shown that there's a racial bias inherent in them. For example - an FBI study found that, "34% of cases involving a white shooter killing a black person were deemed as a justifiable homicide. Meanwhile, in similar situations, when the shooter was black and the victim was white, the homicide was ruled justifiable only 3.3% of the time." Of course - the Commission's investigation is too little too late for the family of Trayvon Martin - the most notable victim of the violence promoted by Florida's "stand your ground" law. However - in Florida and the 24 other states with some type of "stand your ground, shoot first" law - there have been dozens of other murders committed that have gone unreported by the mainstream media. Joining me now to talk more about America's "stand your ground, shoot first" laws and the people that have died because of them is Suevon Lee - Reporter with Propublica