VIDEO: Self-Defense Attorney Andrew Branca: The Reality and Politics of “Stand Your Ground”

Here’s another video clip from the lengthy interview of yours truly by Glen Evans, of Warrior Men and Self Defense Digest.
Here we discuss the legal realities of “Stand Your Ground”, and distinguish between the tactical application of “Stand Your Ground” on the one hand and self-defense immunity laws on the other–two very different legal constructs that are two often incorrectly conflated.

[UPDATE: Sorry, folks, this video seems to have disappeared off Youtube.]

5 thoughts on “VIDEO: Self-Defense Attorney Andrew Branca: The Reality and Politics of “Stand Your Ground””


    This was a great interview. I would like to add just a few of my own personal opinions. I believe that if you have the ability to escape, that you should always take that opportunity. If you are defending a loved one, and you decide to Stand Your Ground, if you are injured, you may not be able to protect your loved one any further. This also is a basic idea taught to bodyguards. The first and best option is always to escape. You cannot protect your principal if you are incapacitated. For a more in depth article I wrote just after the verdict of the Zimmerman trial was over please see Zimmerman VS Stand Your Ground Law


      If you have a choice to flee, then undoubtedly you should flee. However, the purpose of Stand Your Ground is to make sure you don’t get convicted by an over-zealous prosecutor who noticed a way you can flee that you overlooked in the heat of the moment.
      Additionally, if I can flee to safety, but doing so means I won’t be able to protect my children or my wife, then you bet I’m going to stay put and fight! Fleeing in this sense would only make sense if I can put myself in a place where I can fight in relative safety; if “fleeing” means getting to safety and calling 911 while my family gets slaughtered, though, then that is not an option I’m going to take, even if I personally get injured. The funny thing is, though, in the eyes of most prosecutors, I wouldn’t be “Standing my ground”, because if I can’t get my family to flee with me in safety, I cannot flee safely, and to the degree that Stand Your Ground cancels out the efforts of evil prosecutors who *would* prosecute me for standing my ground instead of fleeing without my family, Stand Your Ground laws are very important laws indeed.


      I’m afraid so. It wasn’t hosted on the LOSD Youtube account, so I guess the owner took it down. Darn, wish I had my own copy.
      –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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