Castle Doctrine Revoked To Keep Loved Ones Safe
This petition is for the revocation of the Floridas Castle Doctrine (SB-436) that was signed into law by the previous Gov. Jeb Bush on March 23, 2005. It was sponsored by Senator Durell Peaden and Representative Dennis Baxley; the bill unanimously passed the Senate and overwhelmingly passed in the House, 94-20. This law was meant to legally allow the use of deadly force if there is a feeling of threat to your life. You are also meant to retreat if you have the ability. But the stipulation occurs when the criminal can use the same law. This law is meant to prohibit criminals and their families from suing victims for injuring or killing the criminals who have attacked them. When passed, it told the public that the law was enacted to give rights back to the law-abiding citizens and force judges and prosecutors who are prone to coddling criminals to instead focus on protecting victims. Unfortunately, since the passing of this law, many criminals and their attorneys have put the law to use in their favor stating that they were the ones threatened and their use of deadly force was right and now is legal. Unfortunately, a personal close friend of mine was killed and the person whom committed the crime is seeking the right to be released in enacting this law in his favor. During a party, the shooter was asked to leave after a problem occurred. When asked, pulled out a revolver, placed it to my friends chest and stated that he either back up or he would be killed. The end result was my friend being shot in the chest twice and once more as the suspect drove off in the apartment complex parking lot. Unfortunately, the suspect was released from jail on a minor monetary bond amount due to using this law in his favor. I would like to see this law revoked and a better more efficient law be enacted where the victim can receive justice and the criminal is placed behind bars for the crimes committed. The use of guns is to rampant and have caused more deaths then ever imagined and now there is a law that make individual feel the freedom to use this force in their favor. Please, sign this petition to revoke this law and come up with a more civilized way to live in society then with the use of weapons.