stand your ground law en Does Michigan's 'stand your ground' law promote violence? <p>Florida caught lots of attention after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen. On trial for the killing is George Zimmerman who claims he acted under Florida&rsquo;s &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; law.</p><p>Michigan is among several states with laws similar to Florida&rsquo;s. Michigan&rsquo;s &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; law was revised in 2006 by bipartisan majorities in the legislature. It was signed into law by Jennifer Granholm, who was the Democratic governor at the time.</p><p>Now, more than a dozen Democratic Michigan House members have <a href="">introduced legislation to repeal the law</a>.</p><p>Democratic Representative Tim Bledsoe sponsored <a href=";objectname=2012-HB-5644">House Bill 5644</a>. &ldquo;I think the Trayvon Martin case really showed us the problem with having a law like &ldquo;stand your ground,&quot; he said.</p><p>According to Bledsoe, Michigan has another self-defense law called the Castle Doctrine, which states that a person has the right to defend themselves, their family and their property in their home.</p><p>&ldquo;Our effort to repeal the &quot;stand your ground&quot; law does not in any way affect the Castle Doctrine. But what we are seeing is that, if you are in a public place, and you are in a confrontation, and there is this opportunity for you to retreat, you must take advantage of that opportunity to retreat,&rdquo; said Bledsoe.</p><p>The Democratic representative said although he has not identified any case in Michigan where the &quot;stand your ground&quot; law has been used in self defense, he said &quot;We see this more in terms of acting in a preemptive way to try to avoid situations like the Trayvon Martin case here in Michigan.&quot;</p><p>Rep. Bledsoe said he and others will continue to seek out public support to pressure legislators to repeal the law.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 21:16:30 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7570 at Does Michigan's 'stand your ground' law promote violence? Mich. Dems seek repeal of 'stand your ground' laws <p>More than a dozen Democratic Michigan House members have introduced legislation to repeal the state&#39;s &quot;stand your ground&quot; self-defense law after the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.</p><p>The lawmakers on Thursday announced the measure to repeal 2006 laws passed by bipartisan majorities in the Legislature and signed by then-Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.</p><p>Backers say such laws protect innocent lives. Detractors say they can become a license to kill and are prone to misuse.</p><p>Michigan is among several states with laws similar to Florida&#39;s targeted by civil rights and anti-gun violence groups.</p><p>Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin Feb. 28 in Sanford, Fla., but wasn&#39;t arrested for weeks. Zimmerman has invoked the law that doesn&#39;t require a person to retreat in the face of a serious threat. Fri, 18 May 2012 10:56:14 +0000 The Associated Press 7524 at