Skip to comments.Repeal Stand Your Ground and bring back sensible gun laws (Compares Trayvon to Emmett Till!)
Posted on 04/23/2012 6:25:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Supporters of the protests that followed the suspicious death of Trayvon Martin are raising a good question: What next?
Many have compared the shooting of the 17-year-old to the brutal 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the black Chicago teen who was murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
The comparison is far from perfect. George Zimmerman, 28, the volunteer neighborhood watchman charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of the unarmed youth, claims self-defense. Till's murderers were enforcing the old South's willfully racist political and social system.
But as markers of their very different eras, the two cases have much in common. Till's death inspired Rosa Parks a few months later to refuse to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus. Her move helped to launch the Montgomery bus boycotts, a decade of protests and landmark civil rights legislation.
If the Trayvon Martin protesters are looking for a similar channel for their anger and energies, they have a perfectly appropriate target in "Stand Your Ground" laws.
That's the Florida law that Zimmerman cited, leading to his release by police without charges, a move that sparked protests by Martin's family and their supporters nationwide.
Florida's law says that a law-abiding person "who is attacked" has "no duty to retreat" and "has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm."
Two problems: The law is unnecessary and downright dangerous....
(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...
That's the old Anglo-Saxon common law, instituted to reduce the incidence of vendetta. Supposedly.
Has anyone ever seen Clarence Page and Urkel in the same room together?
Ann Coulter is arguing on the other thread for urban blacks' arming themselves. She has some logic on her side.
Trayvon beat down a bus driver a few days before he went to work on Zimmerman. If that bus driver had been armed, Zimmerman might never have seen Trayvon lurking in his neighborhood.
Armed blacks -- honest people with guns -- tend to filter and thin out the thugs before they get out to prey on outgroups.
The situations are not EVEN close.
Most likely it could very well expand the “castle docrime” law.