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Henry Gekonde
- Manchester
Imaginary rights

Most of us would agree that there's already too much noise out there about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida and it'd be an offense to add to it. But I couldn't resist. “Talk of the Nation" on NPR had an interesting discussion on April 12 about this case. At issue was Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which allows citizens to use force in self-defense.

Richard Hornsby, one of the guest commentators (described as a criminal-defense lawyer and legal analyst in Florida) made a startling remark: that "a citizen has a right to [ask] a stranger [to identify himself] in the neighborhood."

That was news to me. The last time I checked, I was living in something called the United States of America, not South Korea or the former East Germany. Where is the right to accost a stranger on a city street and ask him to identify himself enumerated or implied in the U.S. constitution?

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