- Posted August 12, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Zimmerman verdict: The world reacts
Stand Your Ground Laws Violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Unilateral Decisions Over Life & Death Does Not Constitute "Due Process"
Robert R. Parker., Jr., LL.B.
There are 20 or more states that have enacted some version of the notorious "stand your ground" laws. In each case, these statutes allow for the use of deadly force when someone feels that their life and in some instances, their property is threatened. When the individual makes that determination, these statutes allow them to take the life of another human being and avoid prosecution for murder. Each and all of these various statutes violate the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The operative language of the 14th Amendment reads as follows: "...No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws...."
The plain language and logic of the 14th Amendment is clear, the State of Florida and the other 20 plus States that have enacted these nefarious instruments of legalized murder allow for the abridgment of "the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States" and these laws also allow a State to legally sanction the deprivation of "life" without due process of law.
The Florida Statute has allowed George Zimmerman to "profile" follow and improperly engage Trayvon Martin. And in the process "the privileges and immunities" that Trayvon Martin enjoyed as a "citizen" of the United States were unconstitutionally "abridged". Worse yet, Florida law allowed for the deprivation of the "life" of Trayvon Martin in blatant violation of the prohibitive provisions of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution through the enforcement of a statute that is clearly a violation of the prohibition contained therein.
Perhaps the legislators of these varied States that have enacted these unconstitutional statutory schemes should heed the advice of President Obama and Senator John McCain and "take another look" at these statutes to determine their compliance with the Constitutional Provisions contained in the 14th Amendment before the life of another "citizen" is needlessly snuffed out under color of state law.