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Subject: Re: Next time I'm in Florida... Date: 3/26/2012 11:19 AM
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If that's the case the law, whatever it may be, doesn't really enter into it. If you are going to be able to kill someone in reaction to raw irrational fear, then you would do it with stand your ground laws or without them.

No, SYG and unchecked concealed carry allow people to rationalize walking around packing as a matter of "personal safety". As a result they feel empowered to put themselves in situations that their own common sense tells them to avoid.

Having the gun doesn't make them any more capable at dealing with the fear-induced stress that comes with having a skittish personality in sketchy situations. They still see boogeymen in every shadow, a thug looking to do them harm under every hoodie.

What this means is that while you, me or Colovion might have the composure to exercise some restraint before jumping straight to the deadly force option, Nervous Nellie isn't going to see it that way. Faced with the binary decisionmaking that occurs during an adrenaline-fueled fight-or-flight response (being a result of any threat, real or imagined), they are more prone to react in the manner that is quickest and offers the most certain conclusion.
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