Massad Ayoob is a well known authority on firearms, police work, and the rules pertaining to the use of deadly force. He recently spoke at a Cato policy forum on the Stand Your Ground controversy. In this podcast interview, I ask Ayoob about a range of subjects–myths surrounding guns and self-defense, why the police lobby against Stand Your Ground laws, and the Trayvon Martin shooting. Ayoob has trained thousands of police officers and civilians in the use of firearms and is one of the most sought after expert witnesses in criminal and civil trials that involve firearms and self-defense. Good stuff.
Other recent developments on the Stand Your Gound controversy include this John Lott article and interview. And this Reuters story about George Zimmerman is well worth reading. And finally, did you hear that Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Trayvon Martin family, says Florida’s Stand Your Ground law does not apply to the Martin incident? I wish he’d said that clearly a month ago, but better late than never.