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Gail A. Waterman: Florida’s mentality in question with stand-your-ground law

To the editor:

I wonder how many people realize or know that the oldest (since time began) law on this planet states that “you shall not kill.” In other words, no one has the right to kill another person —f or “whatever” reason.

But the Florida State Legislature deemed it necessary (or seen fit) to alter the above stated law by allowing a person (or many) to kill another person for whatever reason.

Now — it seems to me that there are at least two (or more) victims involved in this law — -the killer(s) and the killed. In the most recent testing of the FS 790 law, the weapon of choice is a gun. A gun is specifically designed and manufactured to kill (or maim).

My goodness, I wonder what lies ahead for future generations if (or when) other states might decide to follow Florida’s mentality.

Gail A. Waterman

Northampton

"Thou shalt not kill" is a mistranslation. The more accurate rendition is "Thou shalt not commit murder." Obviously, there's a difference in implications.

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