I didn’t really know much about these “Stand your ground” laws. And I heard about it while this recent Trayvon Martin case was going on, but I didn’t really research it. Until now.
Turns out, I live in a state with “stand your ground” (also nicknamed “shoot first”, obviously by a biased group against it). Not that I’m really for it; just calling a spade a spade. You know?
Michigan’s stand-your-ground law, MCL 780.972, provides that
“[a]n individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if . . . [t]he individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent” the imminent death, great bodily harm, or sexual assault of himself or another individual.
So, someone is allowed to use deadly force if they honestly & reasonable believe that deadly force is necessary. DEADLY FORCE.