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Trayvon Martin’s parents plead with Gov. Scott’s task force to change ‘Stand Your Ground’
The Palm Beach Post's Post On Politics ^ | June 12, 2012 | Dara Kam

Posted on 06/12/2012 1:31:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

LONGWOOD _ Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the unarmed black teenager shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February, made an impassioned plea to change the state’s Stand Your Ground law that they say encourages vigilantism.

Zimmerman claimed he shot their son Trayvon Martin in self-defense, permissible under the state’s Stand Your Ground law that allows people to use deadly force when they feel threatened.

“I believe my son was standing his ground…He was afraid,” Fulton told reporters outside the mega-church where the public is now addressing the task force for the first time since Scott created it after a national outcry over a delay in the arrest of Zimmerman. Authorities arrested Zimmerman two months after the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford. “They do need to review these laws. “He was afraid…This is personal. They do need to review these laws.”

The couple also delivered 375,000 online petitions collected by Second Chance on Shoot First, a national campaign co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“This is definitely personal to us. Our son has been sacrificed,” Tracy Martin said. “It’s a bad law. These laws are set up basically for the shooter to take an innocent life.”

Tracy Martin also disputed Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense, saying he ignored 911 operators instructions to remain in his vehicle and not to pursue Martin.

“He was defending himself against what?” Martin said.

The law gives the message that “it’s OK to be a vigilante in our society today,” Martin said. “The public is not going to stand around for it and we certainly aren’t going to stand around for it.”


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: banglist; florida; georgezimmerman; georgezimmermna; saintskittles; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
This was the intent from day one.
1 posted on 06/12/2012 1:32:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The racial grievance professionals want to deprive the law-abiding of our right to defend our lives and force us to live in fear of their loyal supporters. I say it’s time and decades past time for the criminals to live in fear of law-abiding American citizens.


2 posted on 06/12/2012 1:37:46 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never thought I’d see the day when thugs, bullies and gang bangers would be afraid to go outside at night.

You stupid racist bigots should be ashamed.

Now go pay your taxes or it’s racist.

/sarc(?????)


3 posted on 06/12/2012 1:38:06 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This paper is not biased at all/ such a treat to read a one sided story./s/


4 posted on 06/12/2012 1:38:42 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These people weren’t there and don’t know what they’re talking about. They can speculate on what happened all day long, it’s not facts and it’s not the truth. It’s speculation.


5 posted on 06/12/2012 1:46:05 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Venturer

I’d petition the Governor to change “Stand your ground” to “shoot on site” or maybe “shoot on suspicion”.


6 posted on 06/12/2012 1:46:30 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Trayvon Martin’s parents plead with Gov. Scott’s task force to change ‘Stand Your Ground’”

Change it to the “Ben Dover” Statute?


7 posted on 06/12/2012 1:54:58 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If the Martin family got attacked, would they not want the right to defend themselves?

8 posted on 06/12/2012 1:58:07 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“He was defending himself against what?” Martin said.

err... death?
Mr. Zimmerman was getting his face pummeled and his head bashed into the cement sidewalk. He was within his rights to defend himself. That fact that he has been charged with a crime, and is currently in jail, for having exercised his right -- is a travesty.

9 posted on 06/12/2012 1:59:46 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What do the Martin parents want?...
The Ghetto Thugg Protection Act?...

I see.. thats what this is all about..


10 posted on 06/12/2012 2:01:36 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: BitWielder1

The stand your ground bill had nothing to do with the shooting of Trayvon Martin, since George Zimmerman was not standing and could not have left the scene.


11 posted on 06/12/2012 2:02:57 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva
The stand your ground bill had nothing to do with the shooting of Trayvon Martin, since George Zimmerman was not standing and could not have left the scene.

Here we go again. Facts. As if they prove anything. (/s)

12 posted on 06/12/2012 2:09:03 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Eva
That's irrelevant to the libs, as are most facts.

13 posted on 06/12/2012 2:09:25 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: hal ogen
I’d petition the Governor to change “Stand your ground” to “shoot on site" or maybe “shoot on suspicion”.

Did you mean to say "shoot on sight"?

14 posted on 06/12/2012 2:39:30 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tell these race baiters to pound sand


15 posted on 06/12/2012 3:03:49 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
KOPEL: Debunking the ‘stand your ground’ myth

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2867469/posts

The assertion that Florida law allows shooting whenever someone believes it to be necessary is a flat-out lie. The actual law of Florida is that “a person is justified in the use of deadly force” if “(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony” (Florida Statutes, Section 776.012).

The second part of the law provides special provisions for self-defense against violent home invaders or carjackers. Neither of those is relevant to the Zimmerman case.

16 posted on 06/12/2012 3:31:00 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: El Cid

“Mr. Zimmerman was getting his face pummeled and his head bashed into the cement sidewalk.”

By this poor little unarmed teenager!/sarcasm


17 posted on 06/12/2012 3:34:34 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: hal ogen
I’d petition the Governor to change “Stand your ground” to “shoot on site” or maybe “shoot on suspicion”.

Oh, c'mon! Can't we bayonet a few of them, just to send a message to the others....

18 posted on 06/12/2012 8:08:46 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: archy

Personally, for all it’s faults, I really wish we had man portable flame weapons in the inventory.

Nothing says “leave me alone” like a 30 foot long tongue of flaming napalm.


19 posted on 06/12/2012 8:16:18 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker
Personally, for all it’s faults, I really wish we had man portable flame weapons in the inventory.

Nothing says “leave me alone” like a 30 foot long tongue of flaming napalm.

All them fellers who say that the scariest thing in the world is the sound of a shotgun action being shucked back ker-CHUNK! have never heard the little pop of the igniter cartridge of an M2A1-7 flamethrower at night.

20 posted on 06/15/2012 2:02:32 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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Those were all gone by my time. But I did get to fire the M202 to qualify. Man, what a rush that was!


21 posted on 06/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker
Those were all gone by my time. But I did get to fire the M202 to qualify. Man, what a rush that was!

M202 Flash was maybe a better bet for mech troops operating out of the back roof hatch M113 *bucket* and similar armoured personnel carriers. I remember a bit of a pointed instruction on the weapon, however, not to use it against hostiles in upper story windows in city streets.

Why, sarge....?


22 posted on 06/18/2012 1:35:49 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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