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Stand Your Ground/Gun Control Presentation


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Stand Your Ground/Gun Control Presentation

  1. 1. Stand Your Ground Nation The fight for gun Control in America Presented by Kelley Lewis Shawn Horton Ryan Lankford Devorah Gibbons
  2. 2. What Is Stand Your Ground? • A stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. It is law in certain jurisdictions within the United States.
  3. 3. States that have “Stand Your Ground” laws • Alabama • Arizona • Florida • Georgia • Indiana • Kentucky • Louisiana • Mississippi • Montana • Nevada • New Hampshire • North Carolina • Oklahoma • Pennsylvania • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • West Virginia 26 States
  4. 4. The General Firearms Laws of The State of Texas: • Generally illegal to carry a handgun outside of a person’s own premises. However, a person may carry, either open or concealed, in a non-threatening or alarming manner, a shotgun or rifle.
  5. 5. The Concealed Handgun Laws of The State of Texas: • Texas allows concealed handguns to be legally carried with a CHL issued by Texas or by a state which Texas recognizes. If a license holder is in possession of a concealed handgun, they must produce their concealed weapons license along with another valid identification upon the demand of a police officer.
  6. 6. The State of Texas Justification For the Use of Force & Deadly Force: • A person may use force against another to the degree the person believes that it is reasonably necessary to protect themselves or a third person from another’s unlawful use of force.
  7. 7. Unique Firearms Laws of Texas: • Texas recently enacted a law which states that people have a right to keep firearm in their locked motor vehicle while on their employers’ parking areas. • some employers are excepted from this law, include school districts or charter schools, chemical manufacturers/oil refiners that manufacture, use, transport or store hazardous materials • employees do not have the right to store loaded firearms in a vehicle owned or leased by the employer.
  8. 8. Why Does It Matter? • Gun ownership globally: US ranks FIRST, ahead of Yemen • From an international perspective, the US clearly has a problem despite having less than 5% of the world's population, it has roughly 35-50% of the world's civilianowned guns. • The United States has 88 firearms per 100 people!
  9. 9. What all those guns mean – Sympathy for the shooter • On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.[5][6] Before driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother Nancy at their Newtown home. He committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. • July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside of a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. A gunman set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. • Michael Dunn shot and killed Davis, unarmed, because the music coming from his car was too loud. Dunn claimed he saw something like a gun in the vehicle, exonerated of first degree murder. • George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Martin was pronounced dead minutes after police arrived. Zimmerman was later acquitted of second degree murder citing self defense as reason for death.
  10. 10. Alternative Solutions
  11. 11. Resume the "Duty to Retreat” Law in Texas • You are not allowed to resort to deadly force in self-defense if it is possible to safely avoid the risk of harm or death (by running away, for example). If that is not an option and facing serious harm or death, then you would be authorized to use deadly force in self defense. • Take out the amendment to the 1976 Texas law and include wording for retreat.
  12. 12. Compromise Resolution • Does not mean society should ban guns entirely but restrict the amount of guns and high capacity magazines a person should own. • Government officials must have knowledge of the subject and come to the table with an open mind and be ready to compromise, as should the pro-gun party. • More detailed background screening on assault rifles • Tax the sale of hi capacity magazines higher than the normal federal tax, that way the government would be making more money to repay the country’s debt, and keep the magazines in the hands of responsible guns owners.
  13. 13. What Gun Control Will Do Other nations have reacted quickly to impose new and stricter gun laws when rampages occur. Australia - In 1996, lone gunman, killed 35 people with a spray of bullets from semiautomatic weapons. Within weeks, the Australian government was working on gun reform laws that banned assault weapons and shotguns, tightened licensing and financed gun amnesty and buyback programs. 2010 that firearm homicides in Australia dropped 59 % between 1995 and 2006. In the 18 years before the 1996 laws, there were 13 gun massacres resulting in 102 deaths, with none in that category since. Scotland - 16 children and their teacher were killed by a gunman in Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996, the British government banned all private ownership of automatic weapons and virtually all handguns. Those changes gave Britain some of the toughest gun control laws in the developed world on top of already strict rules. Hours of exhaustive paperwork are required if anyone wants to own even a shotgun or rifle for hunting. The result has been a decline in murders involving firearms. Japan - 11 people were killed with guns in 2008, compared with 12,000 deaths by firearms that year in the United States — a huge disparity even accounting for the difference in population.
  14. 14. Conclusions • Proponents and Opponents alike want the same goal. Less people harmed or killed by firearms. Gun control is a band aid to the problem. Gun control is ultimately a people problem. Stricter gun control will help to curb an ever increasing problem of violent crime in this country.
  15. 15. The Point?
  16. 16. Works Cited • • "Texas Gun Law | Texas Law Shield."Texas Law Shield. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. <>. • • • • • See more at: • martin_to_jordan_davis_how_our_understanding.html •