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If you or your loved ones were threatened somewhere other than your home, don’t you think you would have the right to stand your ground and defend yourself? Not according to Circuit Judge Ed Dickson in South Carolina. The surprise ruling was in response to a shooting that took place in a public park.

A Cope man can’t use the defense that he was “standing his ground” during a fatal shooting incident at a public park, a judge says.Circuit Judge Ed Dickson issued an order on Friday stating that the state’s Protection of Persons and Property Act, sometimes called the “castle doctrine,” didn’t apply in the case…

…“Defendant’s interpretation of the act would elevate every public street, sidewalk and park to the special status of a person’s home, making each human being a castle unto himself. Such an interpretation would eviscerate the centuries-old and well-reasoned legal doctrine that a person must avoid using deadly force whenever possible, at least in the context of fights and ‘quarrels’” Dickson wrote…

In other words, a law-abiding citizen must give way to any criminal when they are not inside their home. It doesn’t matter if you are even standing on the sidewalk in front of your house and an armed person grabs one of your kids or your spouse, you are supposed to run away and leave your loved one in the hands of the criminal. Not this citizen.

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