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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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To: Impala64ssa

She already gave the world a piece of trash and we don’t need to listen to anything she says.


51 posted on 10/29/2013 2:46:12 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: Wurlitzer

Racial war is here. Practice your double tap while firing from behind your open car door.


52 posted on 10/29/2013 2:52:00 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Impala64ssa

A better use of her time would be to admit they were neglectful parents and then try to figure out what they should have done with their son.


53 posted on 10/29/2013 2:57:04 PM PDT by uptowngirl
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To: Impala64ssa

When it comes down to re-aligning my self-preservation on the whim of a dead thug’s mother ....

I will hand her a Phillips screwdriver, and a standard slotted head wood screw, and tell her to go have fun!


54 posted on 10/29/2013 3:12:27 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Impala64ssa

Somebody needs to sew this b!tches lips together. Both pair.


55 posted on 10/29/2013 3:48:43 PM PDT by patriotsblood
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To: Impala64ssa

Well, if they make it illegal to defend yourself there ain’t no reason to wait around afterwards and ‘splain it to the cops, is there?


56 posted on 10/29/2013 3:55:09 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Impala64ssa

How about you whining, liberal welfare mommas learn to control and amend your thug kids. Do that, and you will never need to worry about SYG laws. You could start by teaching them the Ten Commandments. Fail that and prepare to meet SYG.


57 posted on 10/29/2013 4:09:40 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Impala64ssa

SYG also is usable and applicable toward obuma’s thug army...


58 posted on 10/29/2013 4:23:05 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Impala64ssa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etBoJJ0GZI8

The only words I have left for this bunch of gasbags.


59 posted on 10/29/2013 7:51:43 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Impala64ssa

Actually, this says it a lot better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxTbdj2c61c

(Warning, graphic at some parts).


60 posted on 10/29/2013 7:56:51 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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