While this law may provide benefit to some - little old ladies or other vulnerable people - it was fiercly debated before introduction because of the relative ease of it's abuse.
I am concerned how Zimmerman, who was previously arrested and charged with assault of a police officer, was able to 'plea bargain' his way out of that charge to leave a clean criminal record and permit his licensing for carrying a firearm.
Leo, good points about the "stand your ground/dirty Harry laws". I am a proud gun owner (and safe one to boot), but these "stand your ground" laws that keep popping up in some states really seem to me, to be used to protect aggressors.
A 28 year old, 240 lb man follows, chases and then attempts to detain (all against the orders of the police) a 140 lb kid who was probably scared of a strange man following him in an SUV then chasing him; tries to physically detain said kid (who he has no authority to detain--neighborhood watch doesn't give you any special police privileges) then "feels threatened" by the kid so shoots him and claims "self-defense".....
I find it disturbing that one could basically pick a fight with another human being, not breaking any laws, pull out a gun and shoot them, then claim it was all self-defense.
Further I find it very disturbing that a 17 year old kid with a bag of skittles and can of soda or tea (I mean what kind of "terrible" picture does that paint of a kid?) can be considered such an "imminent threat" that deadly force is justifiable one.
Another great point about Zimmerman's history too. As a gun owner, I strongly support responsible gun ownership. People with a history of physical altercations with law enforcement shouldn't be allowed to own guns, period. People with obvious issues with anger management shouldn't be allowed to own guns.
I can only hope this issue gets resolved quickly in a legal manner and justice is done for the family. I also hope that states with these laws on the books take a good look at how they are being used.