Self-Defense vs. Stand your Ground Laws: Thinking of Treyvon Martin ‘s death in Florida By Andre Austin Michigan is one of the 20 plus states that join Florida with the stand your ground laws which is a recipe to put blacks six-feet in the ground. For a hundred plus years Michigan had a reasonable self-defense law in Pond vs People 8 Michigan 149 (1860). Dealing with a man threaten a man over a period of 3 days and entered his house. The law was that a man (person) is not obliged to retreat if assaulted in his dwelling, but may use such means as are absolutely necessary to repel the assailant. The person acting in self-defense must not take the life of the trespasser if he can arrest or repel. However, if he’s not able to repel or arrest homicide is justifiable and not merly excusable. Scrap the above law and enter the NRA who want all whites to be quasi police officers to people of color. This goes back to the days of slavery where any white could check a black person pass, arrest and question us for any reason. They just could not kill us because we were property. Now that we free they just want to blow our brains out with the blessing of the law. George Zimmerman should be in jail for killing Treyvon who was just walking home from the store talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone. They better hurry up before they burn the town down.