Pay close attention to the conservative pundits commenting on the Trayvon Martin shooting. Conservative apologists for the "Stand Your Ground" law frequently point out that the law is sound, that it doesn't apply in this case, and then go on to denounce the shooter, criticize the shoddy police work, and they might even go so far as to admit some racism might have been at play, effectively drawing attention away from the fact that the law created a fertile environment for this to occur in the first place ("Justifiable homicides" have more than tripled since the law was enacted). Further, it could be argued that the law provided the police with an apparently reasonable justification for releasing Mr. Martin without charges. By acknowledging the injustice of the situation, backers of the law have found a clever way to draw attention away from the law's inherent destructiveness.


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