I found their earlier article far more enlightening and on point since it didn't sidestep the issue to take a few unrelated political shots. They were also pretty clear about the role race played in this crime.The Injusticehttp://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/03/trayvon-martin
Even if you don't think the Florida law goes too far, it's hard to see how it applies in this case. Mr Zimmerman was apparently chasing Martin, which is the opposite of standing your ground. If Mr Zimmerman's claim to self-defence is credible, it's hard to imagine what wouldn't count as self-defence in Florida. The willingness on the part of the police department to accept this argument at face value is baffling—or would be baffling if not for the fact that Martin was a young black man. I don't see any other interpretation. So this story has as much to do with race as it does with gun laws.
In the world as it is rather than the world as we would like it to be, certain groups face differential risks of injustice, violence, instability, or abuse. That's why black parents feel a need to give this warning to their children, poor parents often feel a need to give a similar warning, all parents feel a need to give special warnings to their daughters, and so on. The only non-awful part of this story is the public outrage over Martin's death, which reflects the fact that Americans, as a group, retain some baseline belief that justice is real and everyone has a right to it. Let's hope that belief proves to be as prophetic as his father's warning.