One of the chief headaches one gets from monitoring the news cycle relates to the fact that it isn’t self-correcting. A tiny seed of disinformation grows to become a sturdy tree of conventional wisdom.
This is what happened with the so-called “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws following the shooting of Treyvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman. Most recently, it was criticized in a recent column by Jarvis DeBerry after being invoked by Algiers Pastor W.L.T. Littleton, who is accused of shooting a fleeing copper thief in the back of the head.