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Originally posted by AwakeinNM
"...deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted"...said Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota
I'm betting this line was delivered without any supporting data.
Effect on crime rates
The law's effect on crime rates is disputed between supporters and critics of the law. The third edition of More Guns, Less Crime (University of Chicago Press, 2010) by John Lott provides the only published, refereed academic study on these laws. The research shows that states adopting “Stand Your Ground”/"Castle doctrine" laws reduced murder rates by 9 percent and overall violent crime by 11 percent,
and that occurs even after accounting for a range of other factors such as national crime trends, law enforcement variables (arrest, execution, and imprisonment rates), income and poverty measures (poverty and unemployment rates, per capita real income, as well as income maintenance, retirement, and unemployment payments), demographic changes (broken down by race, gender and age), and the national average changes in crime rates from year-to-year and average differences across states (the fixed year and state effects).
Florida state representative Dennis Baxley, an author of the law, notes that crime rates in Florida dropped significantly between 2005, when the law was passed, and 2012.
Crime rates in Florida have dropped since 'stand your ground,' says Dennis Baxley
"We’ve had a dramatic drop in violent crime since this law (‘stand your ground’) has been in effect."
Dennis Baxley on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
An author of Florida’s "stand your ground" legislation has been defending the law on national television, warning that it may not have anything to do with the recent death of Trayvon Martin.