Skip to comments.Ted Cruz Tells Trayvonís Mother Why Stand Your Ground Laws Canít Possibly Be ĎRacistí
Posted on 10/29/2013 2:03:18 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
10/29/13 - Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in early 2012, appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a hearing regarding the controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. When it came time for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to speak at the hearing, he informed the still-grieving mother that Stand Your Ground laws actually benefit African-Americans as much as, if not more than, they do whites.
Cruz began by offering his condolences for Fulton's loss, but quickly moved on to defend the trial by jury process that found Zimmerman not guilty of murder. He also noted, correctly, that the "subject of this hearing, the Stand Your Ground laws, was not a defense that Mr. Zimmerman raised. So this entire hearing--the topic of this hearing--is not the issue on which that trial turned." Though Zimmerman's defense team did not end up using Stand Your Ground, it did come out during the trial that Zimmerman was likely aware of the law's protections when he shot Martin.
"We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic, violent incident for agendas that have nothing to do with that young man who lost his life," Cruz continued. "We have seen efforts to undermine the verdict of the jury and, more broadly, to inflame racial tensions that I think are sad and irresponsible."
Then, Cruz got to one of his primary points, which concerned that effect of Stand Your Ground laws on African-American communities. He rejected the notion, put forward earlier in the hearing that "no one could reasonably believe that Stand Your Ground laws protect those in the African-American communities who are victims of violent crimes." He found that idea particularly remarkable since "a great many African-Americans find themselves victims of violent crime and have asserted this defense to defend themselves, defend their families, defend their children."
Cruz also cited the fact that "in 2004 a state senator in Illinois by the name of Barack Obama co-sponsored an expansion of Illinois' law providing civil immunity for those who use justifiable force to defend themselves" as evidence that similar laws could not possibly be racially biased. "The notion that stand your ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack," he said, "but it is not borne out by the facts remotely."
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Seriously, this is the level of rhetoric that the World's Greatest Deliberative Body has fallen to?
Alas, how the mighty have fallen...
I am physically cringing at the media beatdown he is gonna receive after this goes public. Even this guys mortal enemies cannot possibly deny his courage and conviction in the face of public scrutiny at this point.
Cruz, you get my vote for next President. I don’t care if your father is from Cuba, He’s more of a patriot than any GOP or Dem Senator I’ve seen. I think its because he lived under a tyrant and socialism that he is the patriot he is today.
Exploitation of tragedy to promote racial resentment and a political party’s agenda (Democrat). That’s what I see here and thank you Ted Cruz for speaking truth to the situation.
I wonder if Rick Scott could make that kind of a speech in Florida in such a circumstance??????
I don’t think so.
Media’s going to eviscerate Cruz over this, despite the fact that he was an angel to this grieving woman.
While Mrs. Fulton is wrong on the SYG issue, she has to take a good look around and see how many Democrat politicians exploited Trayvon’s death for political gain.
Zimmerman did not use SYG in his defense, and the fact that they’re making Fulton a “face” in this debate is clear politicization on the Demoncat’s part.
Wonder is Ms. Fulton is capable of understanding what the senator said. I doubt it.
They will find something to take out of context
and why is the federal Congress holding such a hearing anyway?
Somebody starts needing to tell these people they are full of crap. Good going, Cruz.
Was he aware that double parking is a violation in most cities? It doesn't matter what laws he was aware of the only thing that matters is whether or not he was justified in using deadly force in self defense. He was.
Was he aware that Skittles are commonly used to make Purple Drank?
Dems need to continue to turnout minority voters in the midterms, so the Trayvon Martin case is a convenient prop for them to continue to stoke anger and race bait.
Thumpin’ administered by Ted Cruz!
We are all Africans.
It is kind of hard to run away when some little SOB is on top of you bashing your head into a concrete curb.
TrayvonMommy is going to be the next negro senator.
Bet on it.
The man has the guts to TELL THE TRUTH. A quality lacking in so many we send to DC.
She’s not grieving.
She’s celebrating her opportunity and new career path.
Any LSM spin first has to mention Cruz’ name (increase his name-recognition). Then his comments can be shrieked about on the RAT networks, more name recognition.
It wasn’t JUST conservatives buying all the weapons we’ve bought since the coronation. Media’s going to have a hard time turning this against Cruz in people’s heads who are not committed RATS... in their best interest not to report it at all.
Cruz deconstructs lunacy with laudable intellect.
It sounds like Ted Cruz just made Sybrina's S*** List big time.
“TrayvonMommy is going to be the next negro senator.
Bet on it.”
How much do you want to lose?
Ted Cruz is my hero. I was proud to vote for him as my Senator and will support him in any future election.
I watched it.
Damn he’s good.
Cruz did a fine job with his remarks. An irony to me about the entire Travon/Zimmerman incident is that the first time I ever heard of neighborhood watch activity was a TV news story about how black residents had organized a neighborhood watch to try and reduce crime in their neighborhood in Cleveland or Cincinnati, or some mid-western city.
None of the cheap political points some are trying to score are in any way supported by the evidence of that case.
Stand Your Ground for Blacks.
Because the demosocialist party wants a federal law to ban SYG nationally and trump state law. Shouldn’t hold up even if they legislate it. The’re after any infringement of gun rights they can get. mCane is probably all set to “compromise” We only lose with compromises, we lose some of our rights the left wins part of our rights, the only thing they “lose” is not getting all they wanted at one time.
The first thing I thought of when I heard about this hearing was that SYG had nothing to do with the Zimmerman case. My mind goes straight to the basic facts of the matter and I’m extremely glad there’s one politician who looks at things the same way. But for him to take it to the next step and explain how SYG helps black people too, impresses me even more. The guy is as brilliant and clear-minded as it gets. My only question is who he should pick as V.P. I’m thinking Scott Walker, since Walker is another no-nonsense guy (too no-nonsense to be at the top of the ticket though), and he can bring some more executive experience to running the White House.
And Ted stands up for us Little Guys once again...
Sybrina Fulton: The Cindy Sheehan de jour for the left.
smarter than everyone
Boy-O-boy, are the left going bonkers right now over Obama being on the wrong side.
Bah, who am I kidding.
Ted Cruz is the real deal, more so than anyone I have seen.
God I love this man. Go CRUZZZZ!!!
smarter than everyone
Ted Cruz could donate a testicle to every Republican senator, and two for Mitch, and still have more cojones than the rest of the caucus combined.
Ted Cruz had more vigor after twenty hours of filibuster than Mitch and the rest of the White Flag Fellows do before their first fainting spell of the day.
Ted Cruz has more brains than... well, he's really effin' smart.
Nice try though.
Everyone except black pundits seem to know that firing a warning shot is illegal.
If his audience was limited to Ms. Fulton it would be like teaching a pig to sing... waste of time and annoying to the pig. Fortunately, I think the intended audience was a bit broader.
I don’t care where his father is from, Senator Cruz has the courage and genius of our American Founders and I want my America back!
“Nice try though.”
I was not saying either way . It comes down to she was tried and convicted and “they” are still hashing the same old Bull5hit!
Trayvon’ absentee mom will continue to exploit her son’s death. The sad part is she will never admit that she could have prevented it from ever coming to that moment.
She herself will probably die a very bitter old woman.
As a 78 year old Miamian, with 4 members of my family in law enforcement, I full well know the laws pertaining to defending oneself., and have twice done so.
Never spent a minute in jail.
Mellisa will spend her term in jail!
Why are you cringing? Everything he said was true and he said it in a very respectful way, without the stemwinding bloviations of other senators when they answer questions or give statements. Conservatives need to stop cringing when they know they’re right. We must always be ready to speak the truth, no matter what it costs.
Problem is, being right is never enough. That is why Obama won twice and his groupies control the Senate and came scarily close to taking the House in the first place.
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