Skip to comments.Trayvon Martin’s Mom Calls for Amending ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws
Posted on 10/29/2013 12:31:02 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday that stand your ground laws must be reviewed and amended.
Its unfortunate what has happened with Trayvon, and thats why I feel like its so important for me to be here so that you all can at least put a face with what has happened with this tragedy, Fulton said at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing.
I just wanted to come here to talk to you for a moment to let you know how important it is that we amend this stand your ground because it did not, certainly did not work in my case, she said. The person that shot and killed my son is walking the streets today and this law does not work. We need to seriously take a look at this law.
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In 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the murder this summer. Although Zimmermans defense did not invoke the stand your ground law, the case sparked a national debate about race and stand your ground laws, which exist in at least 22 states.
The hearing held by a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday examined the impact of stand your ground laws. The hearing was initially supposed to be held last month but was delayed due to the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman of the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights subcommittee, said the self-defense laws have caused unnecessary tragedies and need to be reviewed.
It is clearly time for stand your ground laws to be carefully reviewed and reconsidered, Durbin said. Whatever the motivation behind them, its clear these laws often go too far in encouraging confrontations that escalate into deadly violence. Theyre resulting in unnecessary tragedies and they are diminishing accountability under our justice system.
Several Republicans at the hearing said the laws should not be dealt with on the federal level and must be left to the states.
If it is not within Congresss jurisdiction to legislate substantive state criminal law, it raises whether there may perhaps be a broader political agenda behind the hearing instead, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said. This is not about politicking. This is not about inflaming racial tensions, although some might try to use it to do that. This is about the right of everyone to protect themselves, to protect their family.
With only a few exceptions most states are doing quite well with legislating in the area of criminal law without our interference, said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. Lets leave state criminal law to the consideration of the state legislatures that we in Congress would probably be well served to take advice from the states that are still solvent.
The sad but inevitable result of letting your alligator mouth get your butterfly a@@ in trouble. Now Mrs Fulton, turn off the water works and take your travelling road show elsewhere.
In other words she is on the aggressors side not the intended victim
She needs a “Don’t shot my thug Son who’s up-bringing I screwed up” Law.
Sybrina, Your thug son would still be dead and Self Defense Laws would still protect George.
“Stand Your Ground” has NOTHING to do with your dead, thug, son.
Self-defense is a fundamental human right.
Evidently she and Trayvon’s father neglected to cover that with the dear departed thuglet.
Did she phone-in her Obamacare order?
1. The “Stand Your Ground” law was not invoked in Zimmerman’s trial.
2. Zimmerman wasn’t standing, after Martin sucker-punched him.
Stand your ground law or not, when you can’t safely retreat you may have a choice: kill or die. I’ll kill, thank you!
That would have worked better or just as well.
George should have know that Saint Purple Drank wasn't going to kill him, just break a few bones squeeze out some blood. No big deal.
It should be illegal for white-Hispanics to defend themselves against the Saint Trayvons of the world.
OMG does this woman’s 15 minutes of fame EVER end..even Casey Anthony got the point and disappeared
She should call for mandatory parent training.
Lady, your son is dead because, instead of walking home, he assaulted a man with the intent to kill him.
Where is the hearing on Holder People and Obama’s Sons beating people for being white???? Can’t hold those hearings because that wouldn’t perpetuate the pandering of the black community. Obviously they can’t be held responsible because they have ancestors that were slaves. It doesn’t matter that none of them have any knowledge of slavery.
TMs momma needs to go here:
Someone tell the mom of the deceased, “Your son’s death had nothing to do with the Stand Your Ground Laws.”
Zimmerman had to use “Self Defense” as his life was in imminent danger.