Does Stand Your Ground Increase Violent Crime Rates VII, Idaho

In our first examination of Cheng Cheng and Mark Hoekstra’s “study proving Castle Doctrine laws increase crime,” we determined several things, including the facts that Cheng and Hoekstra were ‘studying’ Stand Your Ground laws, and Texas’ Stand Your Ground laws had been followed by a sharp decrease in violent crime.

West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Florida and Georgia were covered in parts II, III, IV, V, and VI of this series. Continuing the series, and returning to examining the actual results of “Stand Your Ground” laws by State we will now move on to Part VII of this series, and the State of Idaho where common law effectively establishes a ‘Stand Your Ground Statue.’

Briefly quoting from the “Local News 8” report linked above:

Idaho doesn’t have a statute like Florida because the Legislature has not acted on it. But Bingham County Prosecutor Scott Andrew said the Gem State’s common law does establish that right.

Deep within the pages of a book on Idaho’s Supreme Court decisions from 1909 lie two cases establishing the right to “stand your ground” in self-defense, said Andrew.

“What if I find myself in a bad situation? Do I have to retreat?” he said. “Current law in Idaho says you don’t have to retreat.”

Since Idaho has a common law right to Stand Your Ground that long predates the 21st Century, I will only link to the FBI sourced spreadsheet showing the violent crime rates in a State where Stand Your Ground has been the law of the land for more than a century.

And when we click on that link, what do we see? Click twice for a clearer view:

We see what happens when a State “has always” allowed its citizens to defend themselves against criminal predation, without let or hindrance. We see very low crime rates, with the wild numerical swings associated with a relatively small population. But we see a safe state, where the risk of becoming the victim of a violent crime is only a fraction of that of Illinois.

And once again, Cheng and Hoeckstra’s claim that Stand Your Ground laws send violent crime rates soaring does not stand up to even cursory investigation.


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