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Beacon Hill honors Trayvon Martin - Lawmakers denounce Stand Your Ground law
wwlp.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Christine Lee

Posted on 03/28/2012 8:11:01 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera of Springfield led colleagues in the Massachusetts State House Wednesday to observe a moment of silence in honor of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was stalked, shot and killed by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watch captain.

“It’s appalling that Trayvon, going home, with a bag of skittles, was followed by a man twice his size, with a weapon, and gunned down,” said Rep. Cheryl Coakley Rivera. “And [the killer is] trying to say that Trayvon was the aggressor,”

“There’s definitely a race issue here,” remarked Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield). “In the African-America Community, this is an issue that they have lived with, you know, for generations. That they are concerned about their sons on being looked at differently and treated differently.”

Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, claims his actions were made in self-defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, a law that is also being proposed in Massachusetts.

“What happened in Florida is tragic and sad, and quite honestly hasn’t been fully vetted yet,” said Sen. Stephen Brewer (D-Barre). “But that being said, we all support peace, but not peace with surrender, we need to be able to have an ability to stand our ground.”

Senator Brewer said with rising incidents of iphone and ipad theft, people should have a right to defend themselves without facing civil litigation, but several lawmakers holding vigil outside the House chambers said that would be an invitation for trouble.

“I think it can be used in very dangerous and pernicious ways,” said Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst).

“Ok, now if there was an altercation, it takes two to tango,” said Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange). “If you and I get into an altercation, we may have a bad day, but do I get to take out a gun and kill you? I don’t think so.”

Governor Deval Patrick expressed compassion and solidarity with Trayvon Martin’s family and suggested that people support a bill that requires police chiefs to file reports on racial profiling as a way honor his memory.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Florida; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; massachusetts; trayvonmartin

1 posted on 03/28/2012 8:11:02 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Any of these brilliant legislators have “protection?”


2 posted on 03/28/2012 8:12:19 PM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Tailgunner Joe
was followed by a man twice his size

6' 3" = Trayvon Martin
5' 9" = George Zimmerman

3 posted on 03/28/2012 8:14:41 PM PDT by donna (Republicans won't change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If someone is slamming your head into the pavement, you have every right to defend yourself with lethal force, it’s you or them. These liberals want us to be unable to lawfully defend ourselves from violence.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 8:19:32 PM PDT by IamCenny
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Ignorant bastard racists

That’s all you can say about politicians who knowingly lie to exploit and divide.......the contempt is growing for these jerks.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 8:22:05 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey "Unifier" and MSM: Demand Spike Lee apologize.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Tailgunner Joe.
"What happened in Florida is tragic and sad, and quite honestly hasn't been fully vetted yet," said Sen. Stephen Brewer (D-Barre). "But that being said, we all support peace, but not peace with surrender, we need to be able to have an ability to stand our ground." Senator Brewer said with rising incidents of iphone and ipad theft, people should have a right to defend themselves without facing civil litigation, but several lawmakers holding vigil outside the House chambers said that would be an invitation for trouble.

6 posted on 03/28/2012 8:22:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: donna

Facts don’t matter if you’re trying to rile up a bunch of not very intelligent angry people.


7 posted on 03/28/2012 8:25:41 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“It’s appalling that Trayvon, going home, with a bag of skittles, was followed by a man twice his size, with a weapon, and gunned down,” said Rep. Cheryl Coakley Rivera.

Did I miss the trial where Zimmerman was convicted, or are we just making up things that fit our view point, Rep. Coakley?

8 posted on 03/28/2012 8:27:20 PM PDT by matt04
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To: goodnesswins

Any of these brilliant legislators have “protection?”

You KNOW it!! Either they carry or they have their own miniature private armies, depending on how much they’ve been able to steal/s;)


9 posted on 03/28/2012 8:27:34 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: IamCenny
"liberals want us to be unable to lawfully defend ourselves from violence."

Not sure that's true. What do you think a liberal's view of a black man lawfully (or unlawfully) defending himself from an assault by a white man would be?


10 posted on 03/28/2012 8:27:51 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: goodnesswins
You bet they do. Fully armed and ready.
Someone heeds to tell them this law doesn't discriminate.
11 posted on 03/28/2012 8:27:51 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Tailgunner Joe

You know what will be more pathetic than the actions of these halfwits? The guaranteed tortured response from Scott Brown when he’s asked about the issue. He’ll fold himself into a tent not knowing what side to pander to.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 8:31:43 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I ran the audio through Audio Hijack Pro (not an expert) and the part where some people are asserting he called Martin a "F****ng coon" is hard to hear, but I can clearly tell it begins with a "P" and not a "C".

If you listen to it in a loop (which I have linked to) you can make out he is saying "F****g Punks!"

HERE IS A SLOWED DOWN, ENHANCED LOOP OF ZIMMERMAN

It CLEARLY isn't "coons", the word is a puckered "P".

No mistaking it.

13 posted on 03/28/2012 8:36:08 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: goodnesswins

How dare a “white” Hispanic shoot down one of the brothers like a dog. That priviledge is reserved for gangsta black mo fo’s!!!!


14 posted on 03/28/2012 8:40:31 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: goodnesswins

How dare a “white” Hispanic shoot down one of the brothers like a dog. That priviledge is reserved for gangsta black mo fo’s!!!!


15 posted on 03/28/2012 8:42:00 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They want YOU to be a victim.


16 posted on 03/28/2012 8:44:47 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Standard Massachusetts crap!
17 posted on 03/28/2012 8:54:53 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Maybe the commie ‘RATS should pass a “Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye” law. DemocRATS, ALL OF THEM, me me want to puke. A bunch of bedwetting sissies trying to pass themselves off as Americans. They aren’t Americans. They just infest the place.


18 posted on 03/28/2012 8:54:56 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time to WEAN the government off of our money.)
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To: I see my hands

When I said “us” I meant whites, conservatives. Imagine an outspoken conservative black man....say for example Herman Cain, say he defended himself from a black thug like Trayvon. I think he would be fed to the sharks, just like Zimmerman is. But it would not be because of race, it would be gun laws etc. But a black liberal....they are off limits.

The liberals are violent. Remember this. They would love the streets to run red with the blood of everyone that frequents FR, anyone with the last name of Palin, etc. When you aren’t lawfully unable to defend yourself, the liberal loving racist whites and blacks feel like they can get away with violence.

Also, do you see the media reporting that Zimmerman is a minority, and a registered democrat, no. They are playing it off that he is a racist white bigot conservative, just listen to the talking heads, and race baiters.

They will use this to destroy self defense laws, and impose stricter gun controls. But the sword doesn’t cut both ways, it will only cut into conservatives. Liberals will not be held to the law until we have change of leadership and Eric Holder is gone.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 9:12:05 PM PDT by IamCenny
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Of course the left is against self-defense.


20 posted on 03/28/2012 9:22:44 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"“It’s appalling that Trayvon, going home, with a bag of skittles, was followed by a man twice his size, with a weapon, and gunned down,” said Rep. Cheryl Coakley Rivera. “And [the killer is] trying to say that Trayvon was the aggressor,”...

Gotta hand it to 'er. It takes a LOT of practice to become this stupid.

21 posted on 03/29/2012 12:54:19 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline

Or to be able to lie so calmly.


22 posted on 03/29/2012 12:56:27 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If anybody threantened these salons pensions or a relative’s job in the Probation Department they would open fire at 300 yards.


23 posted on 03/29/2012 6:28:28 AM PDT by gusty
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Honor” a budding street thug? Swell!


24 posted on 03/29/2012 9:37:52 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: I see my hands
What do you think a liberal's view of a black man lawfully (or unlawfully) defending himself from an assault by a white man would be?

The complete opposite of his view of the Zimmerman/Martin incident, of course.

25 posted on 03/29/2012 9:45:03 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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