Why I Might Have to Kill You

I imagine myself behind the eyes of a young boy, walking out of a store with my dad. Mom and my two siblings are out in the car waiting.

There's a man by the car, yelling at Mom. Dad sees it, and stops it, shoving the bad man to the ground. I remember thinking he's just like the heroes I watch on TV. This story will end differently, but I don't know that yet.

The bad man pulls something from his pocket, points it at Dad. There are a few seconds of silence, and then a loud noise. Dad falls.
This is how I learn about death. I am five-years old.

The real me can only imagine the horror that child must have felt watching Michael Drejka shoot his father in the chest over a parking space. That's what the dispute was about. Apparently, when the boy's mother pulled into the lot of the Clearwater, Florida convenience store, she parked in a handicapped spot. That was enough provocation for an armed man to intervene, and force a conflict that would end in the death of Markeis McGlockton, who that little boy knew only as Daddy.

When the sheriff saw what happened, he did not charge the bad man with a crime, nor did he arrest him. Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law protected the man who started the fight, escalated it, and then killed a father of three. Drejka would be arrested later, and currently awaits trial, but had this case not garnered national attention early on, it's unlikely he would have been charged with anything at all, much less the manslaughter charge he currently faces. And even if he is eventually convicted, which is far from certain, he'll surely get a much lighter sentence than what would accompany the murder charge he would be facing in any sane system of justice.

We've seen this before, when Trayvon Martin was murdered. We know how this ends. When George Zimmerman can stalk a teenager, ignore police requests to leave him be, force a conflict, kill that child, claim protection under "Stand Your Ground" laws, get acquitted, and then sell the gun for a cool quarter million - justice is thoroughly broken. And we're about to learn that lesson again.

I am a father myself, and while I grieve for the families of the dead, my first duty is to my own. My Ohio House of Representatives just passed a Stand Your Ground law the other day, which means the same laws that made it legal to kill Trayvon Martin and Markeis McGlockton now make it legal for some stranger to kill me, or kill my child. So now, while I have no desire to harm anyone ever, there are some very real changes in behavior that I will soon have to adopt. Laws are designed to govern behavior, and this law guides behavior in ways no one has yet fully considered.

According to the current law in most states, before we use lethal force, before we take another life, we have a reasonable duty to retreat from the situation. In short, if we don't have to kill, we are not allowed to kill. Taking a life should be a last resort. This has been the law for a very long time, and while some places interpret it differently than others, the sanctity of human life has always been the driving force behind these laws. Exceptions exist in several states, and they typically give people the right to respond with deadly force in very specific places, like their homes, or their cars, and in these places the right to use deadly force does not include a duty to retreat. This is commonly referred to as the Castle Doctrine.

Stand Your Ground simply removes this duty to retreat, and extends the Castle Doctrine to the entire world. Now, in Stand Your Ground states, any perceived threat anywhere is justification for lethal force. If we can be perceived as a threat (which is often quite different from actually being a threat) we can be legally killed by any fellow citizen anywhere. And as we have seen in numerous cases already, it is quite easy to manufacture that perception, and create a justification to kill.

As an Ohioan in what will soon be a Stand Your Ground state, and as a father, provider, protector, I am forced to grapple with some very difficult questions. As I watch Markeis McGlockton die over and over again on YouTube, I ask myself How could this have been different? How could Markeis have survived? How could I survive if this happens to me? The answer is almost as disturbing as the parking lot security footage.
I must be extremely violent.

Let me explain. The law allows deadly force "against threats or perceived threats" but it does nothing to define either. That definition now falls to the individual, which means anything from an actual threat to a harsh word can be cause to kill. While Markeis McGlockton was killed for shoving a man, he could have just as easily been killed for a shout, or even for a well selected and easily deserved cuss word. The law makes no distinction between these responses. A threat is whatever we think it is. So, when we look at it through this lens, the answer is terrible, but simple. Markeis McGlockton was not killed because he was violent; he was killed because he wasn't violent enough. He did not respond with the level of violence the law now requires.

Look at the tape again. Run through the possibilities. Could McGlockton have been killed if he shouted at Drejka? Certainly. If he shouted at me, I'd feel threatened. Should McGlockton be expected to approach an angry man with a gun calmly? Certainly not. Truth is, McGlockton was pretty much out of options the moment a man with a gun decided to confront his wife over a parking space.

Stand Your Ground Laws abandon our duty to preserve human life. They create an environment in which any conflict can lawfully end in someone's death, and this forces all of us to act accordingly. Should I get into a conflict large or small anywhere these laws exist, the only way to truly ensure that I can go home and continue to raise my children is to either shoot another human being, or beat that human being into compliant stillness. Anything else trusts my life to the will of another, in a world where there is no punishment should that other choose to take my life from me. The simple, severe truth is that extreme violence is the only course of action that guarantees the outcome that no father would put at risk; it's a choice between death and damnation, compliments of lobbyists and legislators.

I am a decent man, with no desire to harm anyone, but that will not help me should the next gun-wielding behavior critic decide I might have done something wrong. The law now removes my duty to be decent to my fellow man, and compels me to act violently when it is not in my nature to do so. The law has not only made indecency legal, but necessary. Had Markeis McGlockton not been so decent, he might still be alive.

This is a lesson I must learn, and learn well, because there are a lot of red-blooded Americans out there looking for reasons not to retreat.


Contributing Editor: Brett Pransky

Brett Pransky is a teacher, a father, and a writer, but not necessarily in that order. When not engaged in the good fight, he spends his time as a mild-mannered English professor at Ohio University. Find him on Twitter @BrettPransky.


  • joker123 casino
    Posted November 27, 2018 1:46 pm 0Likes

    Fast Video Testimonials already been solving associated with these problems for hundreds of satisfied prospective
    buyers. Another method of driving targeted traffic to your website is methods to get it. https://scr888.group/other-games-download/2496-download-joker123

  • P2000
    Posted November 30, 2018 5:07 pm 0Likes

    Thank you, I have just been looking for info approximately this topic for
    a while and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now.

    But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you sure concerning
    the supply?

  • P2000
    Posted November 30, 2018 11:53 pm 0Likes

    Can I just say what a reduction to find someone who actually knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You positively know learn how to carry a difficulty to light and make it important. Extra people must learn this and perceive this side of the story. I cant imagine youre not more common since you undoubtedly have the gift.

  • P2000
    Posted December 1, 2018 1:28 pm 0Likes

    Thank you, I have just been looking for info approximately this topic for
    a while and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now.

    But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you sure concerning
    the supply?

  • P2000
    Posted December 1, 2018 5:15 pm 0Likes

    I know top Blog professionals would really like your blog. You have a good head on your shoulders. You always know just what to say. I truly appreciate this page. Neat post.

  • P2000
    Posted December 2, 2018 7:59 am 0Likes

    Thank you, I have just been looking for info approximately this topic for
    a while and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now.

    But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you sure concerning
    the supply?

  • P2000
    Posted December 2, 2018 7:59 am 0Likes

    There are some interesting points in time in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There’s some validity but I will take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

  • P2000
    Posted December 2, 2018 4:52 pm 0Likes

    I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You’re amazing! Thanks!

  • P2000
    Posted December 2, 2018 4:53 pm 0Likes

    Thank you, I have just been looking for info approximately this topic for
    a while and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now.

    But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you sure concerning
    the supply?

  • P2000
    Posted December 2, 2018 9:43 pm 0Likes

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find any individual with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this website is something that is wanted on the internet, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

  • P2000
    Posted December 3, 2018 2:05 am 0Likes

    There are some attention-grabbing cut-off dates in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There may be some validity however I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Added to FeedBurner as well

  • P2000
    Posted December 3, 2018 2:05 am 0Likes

    You made some decent points there. I regarded on the internet for the difficulty and found most individuals will associate with along with your website.

  • pragmatic
    Posted December 3, 2018 11:12 am 0Likes

    Everyone loѵes wһat you guys are up too. Such clever worқ and covеrage!
    Keep up the wonderful works gսys I’ve incorporated you
    guys to my own blogroll.

  • P2000
    Posted December 3, 2018 2:15 pm 0Likes

    I’d need to test with you here. Which is not one thing I normally do! I get pleasure from studying a put up that may make people think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to remark!

  • P2000
    Posted December 3, 2018 2:16 pm 0Likes

    I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You’re amazing! Thanks!

  • P2000
    Posted December 4, 2018 6:43 am 0Likes

    There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made sure good points in options also.

  • suba suba
    Posted December 21, 2018 12:39 am 0Likes

    i6vDFI Very good information. Lucky me I recently found your website by accident (stumbleupon). I ave bookmarked it for later!

  • www.governmentJobsvacancies.com
    Posted December 21, 2018 10:27 am 0Likes

    “An intelligent point of view, well expressed! Thanks!”

  • Debbie Martins
    Posted December 21, 2018 8:20 pm 0Likes

    Hi everyone
    I’m so excited! Thanks to Dr. Ibrahim for bringing back my Ex-husband and brought great joy to me today! Dribrahimgreat@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online, if you need your Ex lover back fast! And his result is 100% guarantee….
    Call/what’s-app: +2348052074872

  • nalan göloğlu
    Posted December 26, 2018 11:39 pm 0Likes

    I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

  • Netvideogirls
    Posted January 3, 2019 7:32 pm 0Likes

    I personally don’t think that I’ve ever been good at accepting change for 3 week diet, but as a business owner, I have to do my best to make sure that that I help the people that are affected by 3 week diet it as it happens. Change is inevitable and can happen for so many reasons – because your services need to be refined, or prices change, or you have problem with stock in storage 3 week diet

  • Stanley Dambrosia
    Posted January 7, 2019 2:56 am 0Likes

    It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

  • Dede Kaitz
    Posted January 11, 2019 11:07 am 0Likes

    Thank you for this post, very informative.

  • scr888 install
    Posted January 11, 2019 4:13 pm 0Likes

    Discuss what your goals are exactly what you would
    wish to see happen as caused by having this done. There is
    often a need for many people patience while buying an rv.
    This can save you from lots of problems later on. http://Hutebylangyt.Mihanblog.com/post/comment/new/47/fromtype/postone/fid/15122740495a237881c1566/atrty/1512274049/avrvy/0/key/d89e69e809bad4fab182b7ea32779d4e/

  • 918kiss for iphone 6
    Posted January 16, 2019 6:57 am 0Likes

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much.

    I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me. http://darewrightstory.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.realdom.com.ua%2Fcontent%2Fredirect.php%3Flink%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fkasino.vin%2Fhome%2F918kiss-scr888%2F48-918kiss-scr888

  • joker123 apk download
    Posted January 19, 2019 12:56 am 0Likes

    Anyone certainly can bridge into a completely new topic.
    These premature hair loss products for the market receive
    more and much more expensive. Up pops thousands of trainers in your area.which one to choose? https://win88.today/joker123/

  • 3win8 slot
    Posted January 25, 2019 9:51 am 0Likes

    Always get discover how sunlight facts before act on any hair myths –
    you owe it to ones hair. Again, each week . the payphone to go
    extinct proper. Ought to not permanent hair diminishment. https://scr888.group/live-casino-games/2485-3win8

  • 3win8 agent login
    Posted January 26, 2019 5:19 am 0Likes

    Avoid taking the dress without proper identity even when they have
    cheap bills. According to Tom Turner, executive liaison for that Spina Bifida Association thatrrrs
    it: Perspective. http://shsports03.com/board_QjLs51/53587

  • hippodrome live roulette
    Posted January 26, 2019 10:19 pm 0Likes

    It is actually definitely an eye opener to learn that you just might be an approval junkie.
    Have you read anything good or anything at all? Continuing the friendship
    can help as they keep a good opinion person. http://www.fuke024.com/comment/html/?3447.html

  • ace333 apk
    Posted January 31, 2019 6:22 am 0Likes

    Your work has to keep on happening once start off looking in your topic.
    They reassure the customer that the product exactly
    what it promises to be. Break news – rather not hold anything back. https://win88.today/download-ace333-ios-android/

  • sky777 download
    Posted January 31, 2019 7:26 pm 0Likes

    Rachelle’s voice implies for the pure listening pleasure.
    Have you been in the dumps lately with job because your manager is always
    after your scalp? They honored me when compared to honored them all. https://win88.today/download-sky777-android-ios/

  • 918Kiss apk
    Posted February 1, 2019 4:47 am 0Likes

    Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would love to
    have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send
    me an email. http://su.bj.ectp.bx.e@Atvrentals.ca%2F__media__%2Fjs%2Fnetsoltrademark.php%3Fd%3DKasino.vin%2F/blog/2015/07/15/stop-feeling-frazzled-tips-coping-colicky-baby/

  • http //mslots.ntc33.com download
    Posted February 1, 2019 5:46 am 0Likes
  • 918kiss withdraw
    Posted February 1, 2019 8:00 am 0Likes

    Motivating very pleasing, because the win doubles his prize money.
    You see, folks running the casinos are experts. Due to this extra card,
    out for wining the game will give a boost to. http://www.isc.de/modules.php?name=wir&site=http://Kslot.app/index.php/games/918kiss

  • furtdsolinopv
    Posted February 3, 2019 2:03 pm 0Likes

    Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely fantastic. I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is actually a wonderful web site.

  • Voir Films
    Posted February 7, 2019 8:47 pm 0Likes

    I appreciated perusing your articles on 3 week diet. This is really an incredible read for me to 3 week diet. Really Your website is very attractive and neat. I am also passionate writer. I have been works at more than five years. Here we specially provide academic 3 week diet solution for our student. You may visit our site. Thanks!

  • JeaUnat
    Posted February 10, 2019 8:04 am 0Likes

    Vendita Cialis In Svizzera Zithromax Alcohol Sildenafil Tab 100mg cheapest cialis 20mg Coumadin And Amoxicillin Interactions Cefixime Over The Counter Order Flagyl Online For Women

  • furtdso linopv
    Posted February 13, 2019 11:07 am 0Likes

    I am usually to blogging and i really respect your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and maintain checking for brand spanking new information.

  • How to hack ixl
    Posted February 17, 2019 7:00 am 0Likes

    Does your website have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  • JeaUnat
    Posted February 25, 2019 3:29 am 0Likes

    Achat Cialis Paiement Paypal Viagra Lowest Prices Levitra Efficacite Zentel Without Dr Approval

  • Brittanie Pannhoff
    Posted March 12, 2019 9:35 am 0Likes

    Greetings, May I grab your page picture and implement it on my own blog page?

  • JeaUnat
    Posted March 13, 2019 10:45 pm 0Likes

    Propecia Low Dose No Side Effects Zithromax Therapeutic Class Cadian Viagra No Script 30 day sertraline paypal Original Viagra Bewertung Fluoxetine 20mg

Add Comment