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Trayvon Martin’s Mom Calls for Amending ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws
WABC77 ^ | 10/29/13

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.

“It’s unfortunate what has happened with Trayvon, and that’s why I feel like it’s 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 Zimmerman’s 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, it’s clear these laws often go too far in encouraging confrontations that escalate into deadly violence. They’re 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 Congress’s 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. “Let’s 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.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 0bamasson; banglist; dickdurbin; guncontrol; secondamendment; standyourground; travonmartin
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Sorry lady, but a face has already been put on this tragedy

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.

1 posted on 10/29/2013 12:31:02 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

In other words she is on the aggressors side not the intended victim


2 posted on 10/29/2013 12:32:48 PM PDT by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: Impala64ssa

She needs a “Don’t shot my thug Son who’s up-bringing I screwed up” Law.


3 posted on 10/29/2013 12:32:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Impala64ssa

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.


4 posted on 10/29/2013 12:33:36 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Paladin2

Self-defense is a fundamental human right.

Evidently she and Trayvon’s father neglected to cover that with the dear departed thuglet.


5 posted on 10/29/2013 12:34:12 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Did she phone-in her Obamacare order?


6 posted on 10/29/2013 12:34:25 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: Impala64ssa

1. The “Stand Your Ground” law was not invoked in Zimmerman’s trial.

2. Zimmerman wasn’t standing, after Martin sucker-punched him.


7 posted on 10/29/2013 12:34:45 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Impala64ssa

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!


8 posted on 10/29/2013 12:34:56 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Impala64ssa
No! Skittles! For! YOU!!!


10 posted on 10/29/2013 12:35:54 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Impala64ssa
How about a few "stay at home" laws?

That would have worked better or just as well.

11 posted on 10/29/2013 12:36:16 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Impala64ssa
Rachel Jeantel said under oath that Saint Skittles was just going to give the "creep-ass crackah rapist" a "little ass-whooping," and George overreacted.

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.

12 posted on 10/29/2013 12:38:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: humblegunner

Good W0n!


13 posted on 10/29/2013 12:38:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: G Larry
“Stand Your Ground” has NOTHING to do with your dead, thug, son.

Yup, I was tempted to write: in other news, Newtown, CT parents petition for a tightening up of automatic machine gun regulations.
14 posted on 10/29/2013 12:39:38 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Impala64ssa

OMG does this woman’s 15 minutes of fame EVER end..even Casey Anthony got the point and disappeared


15 posted on 10/29/2013 12:40:38 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Impala64ssa

She should call for mandatory parent training.


16 posted on 10/29/2013 12:40:51 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Impala64ssa

Lady, your son is dead because, instead of walking home, he assaulted a man with the intent to kill him.


17 posted on 10/29/2013 12:45:12 PM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: Impala64ssa

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.


18 posted on 10/29/2013 12:46:20 PM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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To: Impala64ssa

TMs momma needs to go here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebu6Yvzs4Ls&feature=youtu.be


19 posted on 10/29/2013 12:47:36 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Impala64ssa

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.


20 posted on 10/29/2013 12:48:13 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: t1b8zs

I “call for” this moron, trayvon’s mom, to be deported immediately.


21 posted on 10/29/2013 12:49:02 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Impala64ssa

22 posted on 10/29/2013 12:51:01 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Was not the issue at the trial and was not brought up.
23 posted on 10/29/2013 12:51:23 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Was not the issue at the trial and was not brought up.
24 posted on 10/29/2013 12:51:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Can’t she just go away?


25 posted on 10/29/2013 12:53:06 PM PDT by guardian_of_liberty (We must bind the Government with the Chains of the Constitution...GOD, FAMILY, COUNTRY)
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To: Impala64ssa

Okay, I’ll try again:

One of the things that makes this a great country is that this woman is entitled to, and has the right to, express her vile, ignorant, ill-informed, anti-freedom, crime-supporting, racist, BS-filled, opinion.

And I am entitled to, and have a right to, express my opinion that she is a vile, ignorant, ill-informed, anti-freedom, crime-supporting, racist, BS-filled, moron.


26 posted on 10/29/2013 12:54:14 PM PDT by WayneS (No problem is so great that it cannot be made worse by having Barack Obama try to solve it.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
OMG does this woman’s 15 minutes of fame EVER end..even Casey Anthony got the point and disappeared

That reminds me. Did you hear the latest about that blonde from Alabama who disappeared on Aruba?...............just kidding.

27 posted on 10/29/2013 12:54:40 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"creep-ass crackah rapist"

my understanding of this statement, and I asked for clarification and it was confirmed, was that it was not "creep-ass crackah rapist" but instead "creep ass-crackah rapist".

Rachel had Trayvon believing he was about to be sodomized.
28 posted on 10/29/2013 12:55:24 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: Impala64ssa

“Trayvon Martin’s Mom Calls for Better Parenting”
The title for an article that would be seen in my Country with this Mom portraying herself as a counter example to a good parent.


29 posted on 10/29/2013 12:55:30 PM PDT by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Hey Lady, why don’t you walk down a similar street in the middle of the night. No guns now.


30 posted on 10/29/2013 12:56:00 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Impala64ssa

Just so you know, the picture on the right is NOT Trayvon Martin. There are plenty of actual pics of him doing similar things, but that is not one of them.


31 posted on 10/29/2013 12:57:01 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: Breto

I recently read the Florida statutes on shooting. Stand your ground appears to be the only legal way to shoot somebody in Florida if you aren’t in Law Enforcement or a prison guard. Stand your ground says that if you can’t retreat you can use lethal force. (If you could easily escape and you shoot, my reading is that you’re on shaky ground.) But if you’re in your house or, like George Zimmerman, you are getting pounded while on your back, you’re on safe ground. Without stand your ground you can not legally defend yourself with lethal force in Florida. (My read, anyway.)


32 posted on 10/29/2013 1:00:24 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Impala64ssa

Stand Your Ground Laws had nothing to do with her sons death!
Her son assaulted an armed man and when that man was being beaten and feared for his life he shot the kid.
Simple everyday self defense.


33 posted on 10/29/2013 1:00:27 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go tave atteno sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Paladin2
"She needs a “Don’t shot my thug Son who’s up-bringing I screwed up” Law."

You beat me to it.
I thought her 15 seconds of fame was already OVER.
Like the sheriff of another county said recently about another BAD child. If you don't discipline your kids, WE WILL.

34 posted on 10/29/2013 1:00:56 PM PDT by DeaconRed (We have the most corrupt administration EVER. We need leaders that will help us get rid of the scum)
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To: Impala64ssa

This is part of the new black folklore that poor little Trayvon was profiled and then ruthlessly hunted down by an evil cracker.


35 posted on 10/29/2013 1:01:18 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: SpinnerWebb
Basically, Trayvon Martin decided to attack George Zimmerman to impress a fat girl.
36 posted on 10/29/2013 1:02:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Paladin2
She needs a “Don’t shot my thug Son who’s up-bringing I screwed up” Law.

She want to have the "Stand Your Ground" law replaced with the "Stand Down and Take Your Whoop-Ass" law.

37 posted on 10/29/2013 1:04:26 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Impala64ssa

I agree with her call for an amendment to the laws. For example one ccould be allowed to shoot the perp whether he is wearing a “Hoodie” or not. In addition one could shoot perps whether or not they are carrying “Skittle’s” and or ice tea. The aforementioned would be amendments one could live with!


38 posted on 10/29/2013 1:05:15 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Impala64ssa

“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.”

Respectfully....yes it did.


39 posted on 10/29/2013 1:05:52 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Indeed...even CINDY SHEEHAN has disappeared from the public stage...by and large.... anyway...


40 posted on 10/29/2013 1:16:41 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/)
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To: Impala64ssa

Keep your feral yutes in line lady, then they won’t get shot.


41 posted on 10/29/2013 1:16:57 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: SpinnerWebb
" it was not "creep-ass crackah rapist" but instead "creep ass-crackah rapist"."

English has long had a problem with misinterpretations of the spoken and written word given that many phrases can have multiple meanings. Word.

42 posted on 10/29/2013 1:26:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: humblegunner

Too funny...lol


43 posted on 10/29/2013 1:38:34 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: guardian_of_liberty

> Can’t she just go away?

But each guest appearance nets her a few thousand; got to be on the gravy train while the gettins good!


44 posted on 10/29/2013 1:44:28 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Impala64ssa

The fundamental right of self defense has no need of a Stand Your Ground law. It is written in the genetic code of every vertebrate. And it was that fundamental right that motivated Zimmerman’s desperate resort to lethal means.


45 posted on 10/29/2013 1:55:13 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Impala64ssa

Instead of “Stand Your Ground” laws, we need more “Run Away!” laws, don’t we?


46 posted on 10/29/2013 1:57:22 PM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Who cares what this total failure as a mother calls for?

She is just looking for more handouts and speaking engagements paid for by idiots.


47 posted on 10/29/2013 2:15:10 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Yes, mama, it’s your face. You’re the one who couldn’t be bothered to raise your son properly.


48 posted on 10/29/2013 2:26:51 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I call bullsh!t on all of this!


49 posted on 10/29/2013 2:31:38 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Sybrina Fullofit — making the world safe for little thuglets like her son.


50 posted on 10/29/2013 2:38:06 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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