That was a very good article DD. It gave me a better understanding of history of the Castle Doctrine and it's current developments.
It doesn't come out and say it but implies exactly why Zimm- is facing 2nd Degree Murder rather than Manslaughter: the prosecution is using this case to limit the Castle Doctrine pushers. As the article states, the NRA and ALEC were/are pushing to allow shootings beyond your house and yard to any place
one has a right to be. That means Shootouts At The OK Corral again folks.
Now I live in a fairly gun-friendly state (30 mins from Tombstone...) where folks are sometime seen open-carrying on the streets for no obvious reason (not on their farm, the range, or out in the back-country) even though it is legal to conceal-carry without a CCW. They do it for show. Police here have to file a report every time they unholster their weapon but obviously Civies don't. I have no desire to have any organization tell me what I can or cannot do, but the work of the NRA and ALEC is just plain dangerous and leads exactly to unjustified shootings as the Zimm- Martin case.
Stupid folks like Zimm- give all gun owners a bad rap. But stupid laws are far worse: they give stupid people the idea that they are free to wreak havoc in society and hurt folks if they can prove it was justified. Problem being they almost never can, will spend their lives in jail (food, shelter, and healthcare on our tax dollars), but someone still stays shot or killed.
The Castle Doctrine gives protection for homeowners and belongs at HOME. Do some research on the bills it sponsors and you'll discover ALEC does everything it does simply to stir up controversy and pit folks against each other so we ignore that we are being raped and looted by an Oligarchy. The NRA is just one of their political whores stealing the limelight for influence to exist.
To hell with the Dems... and Repugs!