[ View the story "GPS directions lead to man's death" on Storify] GPS directions lead to man's death The killing of Rodrigo Diaz has again led many to question US "Stand Your Ground" laws.
The Stream· Wed, Jan 30 2013 12:31:34 WBS-TV
in Atlanta reported the story:
Warrant: 23-year-old man fatally shot while driving awayBrightcove
Netizens responded to the news with a variety of perspectives on gun control in the US. Reddit user Terribadusername argued that the incident was reason for more gun ownership:
Pretty sure if the driver also had a gun this wouldn't have happened.reddit.com
Others echoed that sentiment. On Reddit, SevTheNiceGuy wrote:
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.reddit.com
Reali-tglitch responded from a pro-gun perspective:
I'm pro-gun, but I would like more checks to make sure the trigger happy people like this are either put through self-control classes, or something of the like.reddit.com
DanishDude alluded to the repetitive nature of gun violence in the country:
I see this as a reoccuring problem thats growing in the US, people want to get a chance to pull out their gun and shoot someone,reddit.com
but they're not treating those things for what they are; tools to stop the conflict before it escalates to violence,reddit.com
ColorLines used the story as a chance to revisit "Stand Your Ground" laws in the US (referred to below as "Kill at Will laws"), brought to public attention after unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin was
and killed in Florida in February 2012.
a person to use 'reasonable force' - including lethal force - on public property if they feel threatened.
Netizens questioned the role of self-defense in the details of Diaz's death.
OK, gun supporters please tell me how this is not murder! Is this self defense? Can we now shoot someone for...
If you argue that it's actually stupid people with guns who kill people, please. Rodrigo Diaz is alive if this stupid person was unarmed.Jamil Smith
Other commenters picked up on details of Diaz's immigrant status, which were
. Reddit user Delta_6 writes:
Also immigration is somehow relevant. I'm not sure how but that the person killed was an immigrant is repeated several timesreddit.com
Why do they have to use the word immigrant, why can't they just say a person.reddit.com
Rowdy10 shared his thoughts:
These guys were trying to go freaking ice skating. This is horrible and very very sad. My kids are probably going to look like these guys (I'm Scottish-American, wife is Cuban-American) I would lose my mind if this was my kid.reddit.com