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Fight or Flight? 'Stand Your Ground' in the Torah and Today©

Fight or Flight?  'Stand Your Ground' in the Torah and Today© Parashat Mishpatim Rabbi David Baum

A little over a week ago, many of us heard a story about a 43 year old husband and father, Chad Oulson, who was shot once in the chest and died in a Florida movie theater.  His crime?  Texting during a movie.  He was shot by a retired Tampa Police officer, Curtis J. Reeves, 71 years old, after Curtis confronted Mr. Oulson who was texting his child’s pre-school.  Apparently, Mr. Reeves was hit in the face by an unknown object and felt threatened, so he took his gun out and shot him.  The unknown object:  a bag of popcorn.   It has just come out that Mr. Reeves, who will be put on trial for 2nd degree murder, will use the Stand Your Ground Law as his defense.  This law became popular during the Treyvon Martin case, although George Zimmerman’s attorneys never invoked the law, the jurors took it into consideration.   For those who don't know, Stand Your Ground is a self defense law th…