By Caroline Light
After a tender, white gunman killed twenty-six humans at Sandy Hook uncomplicated college in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, conservative legislators lamented that the tragedy might have been kept away from if the schoolteachers were armed and the lecture rooms built with weapons. related claims have been repeated within the aftermath of alternative contemporary shootings—after 9 have been killed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and within the aftermath of the bloodbath within the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. regardless of inevitable questions on gun keep watch over, there's a sharp elevate in firearm revenues within the wake of each mass shooting.
Yet, this type of DIY-security activism predates the modern gun rights movement—and even the stand-your-ground self-defense legislation followed in thirty-three states, or the 13 million civilians presently authorized to hold hid firearms. As pupil Caroline mild proves, aid for “good men with weapons” depends upon the entrenched trust that definite “bad men with weapons” threaten us all.
Stand Your Ground explores the improvement of the yankee correct to self-defense and divulges how the unique “duty to retreat” from hazard was once remodeled right into a selective correct to kill. In her rigorous family tree, mild lines white America’s attachment to racialized, deadly self-defense via unearthing its complicated criminal and social histories—from the unique “castle legislation” of the 1600s, which gave white males the suitable to guard their houses, to the brutal lynching of “criminal” Black our bodies throughout the Jim Crow period and the radicalization of the NRA because it transitioned from a wearing association to at least one of our country’s strongest lobbying forces.
In this convincing treatise at the usa’ unheard of ascension because the world’s most suitable stand-your-ground country, gentle exposes a heritage hidden in undeniable sight, displaying how violent self-defense has been legalized for the main privileged and used as a weapon opposed to the main vulnerable.