Skip to comments.Trayvon Martin’s Mom Calls for Amending ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws
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.
Its unfortunate what has happened with Trayvon, and thats why I feel like its 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 Zimmermans 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, its clear these laws often go too far in encouraging confrontations that escalate into deadly violence. Theyre 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 Congresss 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. Lets 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.
She already gave the world a piece of trash and we don’t need to listen to anything she says.
Racial war is here. Practice your double tap while firing from behind your open car door.
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.
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!
Somebody needs to sew this b!tches lips together. Both pair.
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?
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.
SYG also is usable and applicable toward obuma’s thug army...
The only words I have left for this bunch of gasbags.
Actually, this says it a lot better:
(Warning, graphic at some parts).