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  • Panel to discuss 'racial disparity' in Stand Your Ground law

    09/19/2014 1:15:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel ^ | September 18, 2014 | David Harris, Orlando Sentinel
    The mother of a teen slain at a Jacksonville gas station after he and his friends refused to turn down their music will be among the panelists at a seminar in Orlando about the controversial Stand Your Ground law. Jordan Davis' mother, Lucia McBath, will be among the experts examining whether there is racial disparity in the application or enforcement of Stand Your Ground laws. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting the forum, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the grand ballroom of the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. The forum...
  • Human Rights Watchdog Demands End to America’s Racial Discrimination (United Nations)

    08/31/2014 2:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rmuse
    It is beyond refute that the United States is a world leader, and exceptional, in several categories, although not in those that portray the richest nation in the world in a favorable light. Oh, it is true that America’s military is without peer, American corporations pay some of the lowest tax rates in the world, and the wealthy elite holding most of the nation’s wealth pay minimal taxes compared to most other countries. However, the United States also leads the world in the number of citizens incarcerated, number of guns in the population, number of gun-related homicides, lowest median income...
  • Can This Democrat Win on a No More "Trayvon Martin Tragedies" Platform?

    08/26/2014 1:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | August 26, 2014 | Tim Murphy
    Wilcox for Congress In a close primary duel, Arizona congressional candidate Mary Rose Wilcox targets her opponent's support for Stand Your Ground.Could the 2012 killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin prove a deciding factor in an Arizona Democratic congressional primary? Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox certainly hopes so. Seeking to gain an edge over her rival, ex-state Rep. Ruben Gallego, in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's primary, Wilcox's campaign has invoked Martin's shooting and her opponent's past support for a controversial Stand Your Ground law. "America doesn't need more Trayvon Martin tragedies," read a mailer distributed by...
  • 5 human rights abuses America commits at home (Hurl-worthy! Beyond bizarre!)

    08/09/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Salon ^ | August 9, 2014 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    From voter ID laws to broken immigration detention centers, the U.S. is not the model democracy it fancies itself. Watching Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza over our TV screens makes it easy to forget about the human rights abuses taking place right here on American soil. Sybrina Fulton and Ron Davis, whose sons were killed in what many believe were racially motivated attacks, are using their children’s deaths to remind Americans that human rights are being violated right here in the United States. More than a year after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, Fulton felt the humiliating pendulum...
  • Ky. must change its stand-your-ground law to make it fairer (Trayvon vs. Zimmerman, again)

    07/18/2014 3:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | July 18, 2014 | State Sen. Reginald L. Thomas, (D- Lexington)
    What may have started out as an ordinary evening in February 2012, ended with a dead teen-ager and a national controversy that is still unresolved. The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent not-guilty verdict of the shooter, George Zimmerman, on July 13, 2013, prompted citizens across the nation to question the "stand-your-ground" laws. Such laws, often criticized as being "shoot first" laws, make it hard to prosecute cases against people who shoot others and then claim self-defense. Kentucky, as well as the other states with such laws, should revise them so that the one who initiates a...
  • Stand Your Ground explained for the non-lawyer

    06/29/2014 7:09:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 6/28/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I’ve heard more than my fair share of ignorant, biased arguments against Stand Your Ground laws in my time, particularly since the Zimmerman case. The has been a particularly useful tool for low information, anti-gun rights activists because it allows them to blend a combination of straw-men and stereotypes into one toxic mash-up. A typical example along these lines would be; Of course you like SYG laws. That way, when a white person is “threatened” by having too many black faces around they can just gun them down..
  • Dream Defenders to try to mobilize youth vote in Hillsborough & Polk Counties (Florida)

    06/24/2014 1:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Creative Loafing - Tampa Bay ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mitch Perry
    Last summer, student activists in Florida known as the Dream Defenders held one of the longest sit-in demonstrations in recent Tallahassee history, as they attempted to get Rick Scott to call for a special session on the controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law. The sit-in began just days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Though Scott declined to convene such a session, the group received national attention for their actions, and they vowed that they would be back in 2014 to educate thousands of new voters in advance of the 2014 state elections. That's...
  • FL: Governor Scott Signs Reform of "Stand Your Ground" Law

    06/23/2014 4:34:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The media coverage given to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, and the attention paid to Florida's "stand your ground" law, resulted in the legislature considering flaws in the law.   They passed a reform bill that was signed by Governor Rick Scott yesterday, 20 June, 2014.  From tallahassee.com: The legislation, which marks one of the most significant changes to the state’s self-defense laws since the 2012 killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, was one of nearly 60 bills signed by Scott on Friday. The state mandatory sentencing law, the "10-20-life" law, was being used by some prosecutors to obtain plea bargains...
  • 73-year-old Seeks 'Stand Your Ground' Protection

    05/28/2014 3:47:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    AP Via Yahoo ^ | May 28, 2015 | Scott Sonner
    A 73-year-old man has been charged with murder in a recent shooting that killed a man and wounded a woman who had done meth and entered his vacant duplex without permission in suburban Reno. The defendant, Wayne Burgarello, acknowledged the Feb. 13 shooting at a property he owns in Sparks but says he was acting in self-defense under Nevada's "stand your ground" law, according to court records.
  • Pols who support "Stand Your Ground" in FL have been warned, Al Sharpton is coming for your seat

    05/19/2014 10:07:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WPEC-TV ^ | May 18, 2014 | Kathleen Walter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)WEST PALM BEACH -- If you support Florida's Stand Your Ground law as a politician, a controversial political activist is coming after you. Reverend Al Sharpton has fought the law since the death of Trayvon Martin. Sunday, he announced a new action against state lawmakers who support it. At a benefit for the Grace Baptist Church of St. Lucie at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Rev. Sharpton says his National Action Network group is shifting its focus onto the Sunshine State with the hopes of repealing the law by changing the makeup of the state legislature and affecting...
  • When He Made the Decision to Stab Her, He Had No Idea What She Was Carrying in Her Purse

    05/05/2014 4:46:45 PM PDT · by kingattax · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 5, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A Dallas woman might have been killed if she wasn’t carrying her firearm last week. Police say Angela Martin, 44, shot and killed a man who began stabbing her during an altercation on Friday. Martin, who is the assistant manager at the Dallas apartment complex where the incident occurred, was arguing with an unidentified female resident while sitting in her car when things started to get heated. The woman’s husband, identified as 52-year-old Louis Rodriguez, eventually got involved in the altercation. When she started to feel unsafe, Martin says she retrieved her handgun from her purse and placed it on...
  • Teenager shot last year in Marigny yard booked in new burglary (New Orleans)

    05/03/2014 4:59:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New Orleans Advocate ^ | May 3, 2014 | Dan Lawton
    A teenager who was shot by a Marigny homeowner during an apparent attempted burglary last summer was arrested Friday afternoon for entering a residence just blocks away from the previous incident, according to a law enforcement source. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, identified Marshall Coulter, 15, as the person arrested in Friday’s incident. Coulter, then 14, was shot in the head in July by New Orleans historic buildings inspector Merritt Landry after he scaled Landry’s fence in the middle of the night. Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department, said officers arrested...
  • Trayvon Martin's dad speaks about son in NY

    04/24/2014 10:06:43 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 36 replies
    WFTV.com ^ | April 24,2014 | Associated Press
    According to Newsday, Martin said he would like to see his son's name "in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till." Martin's son was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder under Florida's "stand your ground" law.
  • Allen West Calls Trayvon Martin Shooting an ‘Outrage’ and Endorses Federal Investigation

    03/22/2012 9:03:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 464 replies · 10+ views
    The Blaze ^ | March 22, 2012 | Mytheos Holt
    Ever since his CPAC Keynote Address in 2010, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) has been one of the gold standards of modern American political conservatism. He has also been widely hailed as a political model for conservative African American politicians. And now, following recent revelations surrounding the highly suspicious shooting of Trayvon Martin, Rep. West has joined a growing bipartisan consensus calling for the case to be reopened, possibly even with Federal assistance. West’s statement, put out today by Talking Points Memo, resonates with controlled fury (emphasis added): itself in Sanford, Florida involving the shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin. First of...
  • National Baptist Candidate Calls Black Church Too Quiet, Passive, Disconnected

    04/02/2014 3:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Houston Forward Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Hazel Trice Edney
    Tallahassee, Fla. Pastor Dr. R. B. Holmes, whose leadership against hazing and the infamous "stand your ground laws", has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA., Inc. At a National Press Club announcement last week, Holmes called on the Black church to arise and take back its historic role in fighting social justice issues. "The Black church has become too quiet, too passive, too disconnected when it comes to challenging policies programs and persons that degrade and devastate our people" said Holmes, flanked by dozens of church and community leaders. He also announced the formation...
  • Ministers Form National Task Force to Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    03/28/2014 12:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Afro American ^ | March 28, 2014 | Maria Adebola
    Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaks about her support to eradicate "stand your ground" laws. Enough is enough, says Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, noting the list of young Black people dead or in jail in states where “stand your ground” laws are in place. “Our young Black boys are being senselessly killed just for being Black teenagers,” said Holmes, who on March 25 announced the formation of the National Pastor’s Task Force, a nation wide coalition of 40 Black ministers who want to repeal or revise “stand your ground” laws. “We have begun the fight in Florida and pledge to...
  • “Stand Your Ground” Nation: America used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot.

    03/26/2014 5:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Slate ^ | February 25, 2014 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Ever since George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin in his Sanford, Fla., gated community, it’s become an article of faith that the rash of lethal shootings in public places—from the Florida moviegoer who was killed after a texting and popcorn-throwing incident to Jordan Davis, shot in his car at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station to last week’s lethal shooting in an Arizona Walmart—is attributable to the “stand your ground” laws enacted over the past decade in 26 states across the country. Aggressive human interaction, post-Trayvon, now follows a painfully familiar pattern: An altercation occurs. Someone says he feared for his...
  • FL:Reform of Stand Your Ground Law Passes House

    03/23/2014 5:55:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    HB 89, a reform of the "Stand Your Ground" law, passed the Florida House on 20 March with a vote of 93-24.  The law extends the same immunity given to people who actually shoot someone in self defense to those who only threaten force or fire warning shots in self defense. The bill was given impetus by the Marissa Alexander case where the defendant claimed to have fired a warning shot, but was sentenced to 20 years in prison under Florida's mandatory sentencing laws. The bill has brought together a coalition of diverse supporters, including the  Florida Public Defender...
  • (Florida) Senate Panel Backs Bipartisan Tweak To ‘Stand Your Ground’

    03/18/2014 6:11:25 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 23 replies
    SeeBSMiami ^ | 17 MAR 2014 | Margie Menzel
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A bipartisan bill that would tweak the controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law sailed through the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, passing unanimously with the backing of both the National Rifle Association and Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown. The measure (SB 130) by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, would make several changes recommended in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which Scott appointed amid a national uproar that followed the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin.
  • Mother of Jordan Davis speaks out against Ohio 'stand your ground' bill

    03/16/2014 9:03:29 AM PDT · by RC one · 16 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Sam Howard, Northeast Ohio Media Group
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A bill featuring a "stand your ground" provision has been in a Senate committee since early last month, and opponents are calling for legislative leaders to not let it get any further.A coalition of legislators and activists gathered at the offices of liberal advocacy group ProgressOhio on Thursday to push for a moratorium on House Bill 203. The event centered on a speech from Lucia McBath, the mother of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed at a Florida gas station in Nov. 2012 over an argument about loud music. McBath is also a spokeswoman for...
  • Janitor in fatal shooting of two Milwaukee teens has gun permit

    03/15/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 47 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 mar 2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    The attorney for a maintenance worker who fatally shot two teens police say were attacking him with a baseball bat Wednesday said his client carried a gun because of the nature and location of his work, but is not a gun rights activist or even a hunter. "He considers it an occupational necessity" to carry a gun and has a permit to do so, the lawyer, David Geraghty, said Friday. He represents Jeremy Rossetto, 39, of Cudahy, who was released from jail Friday after initially being arrested on possible homicide charges after the incident. Prosecutors ordered Rossetto released without bail,...
  • 'Stand your ground' protest: Michigan activists look to repeal law through possible ballot proposal

    03/11/2014 3:26:58 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 26 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-11-2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A group of two dozen activists rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday, promising to launch a ballot campaign to repeal Michigan's "stand your ground" law if lawmakers fail to update it. The Rev. Charles Williams II, Detroit head of the National Action Network, said that the group supports 2nd amendment and self-defense rights but believes Michigan's law goes too far and does not encourage residents to "choose peace" when the option is available. "We're going to go to every community across the state of Michigan and we're going to get 'stand your ground' repealed right here...
  • Stand Your Ground Could Spark Boycott (Sharpton, Trayvon's parents, etc.)

    03/10/2014 7:43:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Capitol News Service ^ | March 10, 2014 | Mike Vasilinda
    More than a thousand people marched on the state Capitol today demanding a repeal of Stand Your Ground legislation. When they left, they left with a threat. Led by the Reverend Al Sharpton, police estimate 1200 people came from as far as Miami with a common goal. “We’re trying to amend the Stand Your Ground law,” said Virginia Lawrence of College Park, GA. “Can you imagine all the injustice?” On stage, Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) called the state and Stand Your Ground “stuck on stupid.” Trayvon Martin’s mother said she would not let her son die in vain. “Right is...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mother, At UConn, Challenges 'Stand Your Ground'

    03/03/2014 11:35:39 AM PST · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | Mar 1, 2014 | Daniela Altimari and Rose Lichtenfels
    ... The case highlighted Florida's "stand your ground" law, which makes it easier for individuals to use deadly force in self defense by removing the shooter's duty to retreat from a confrontation. She began her speech by noting that Connecticut law does not have a similar "stand your ground" provision. That, she said, is a good thing. "It does not work, it is not fair and that's the reason why my purpose, my life work, is to go around the country" and push for the repeal of such policies, she said.
  • Madre de George Zimmerman rompe el silencio en Univision-George Zimmerman’s mother breaks silence...

    12/09/2012 9:40:23 PM PST · by SeminoleCounty · 9 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | December 9, 2012 | Sundance
    The following is the [Translated] transcript of the interview made by journalist Jorge Ramos to Gladys and Robert Zimmerman in the program to the point of the Univision Network, on Sunday 9 December 2012. (*Note Gladys speakes fluent Spanish as her first language) The transcript is a little fragmented in translation but you can get the gist. HatTip Ottawa925. The interview: Jorge Ramos: in his first interview for a half in Spanish, accompany us here, in the Studio, Robert Zimmerman, brother of George Zimmerman. Thanks for being with us.
  • College to award annual Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice

    02/21/2014 8:09:52 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 33 replies
    independentfilmnewsandmedia.com ^ | 2/21/14 | independentfilmnewsandmedia.com
    College to award annual Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice Jordan-Zachery wants to make sure the award effectively serves as a “memory of victims of racism and other forms of oppression in the United States.” The Providence College Black Studies Program e-mailed students, faculty, and administrators Tuesday to renew an award called the Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice.
  • Petulant Judge Returns Guns, Destroys Ammunition

    02/21/2014 9:25:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This "old"  ammunition is safe and reliable In a well publicized case in Florida, former Marine John Rogers shot and killed a drinking buddy.  He said that he had been attacked after he asked the man to leave.  He retrieved a rifle, and said the man, James DeWitt, then charged him, giving him no choice but to fire.  The case gained some notoriety because Rogers is legally blind.  Rogers spent 22 Months in jail awaiting trail on a first degree murder charge.   Half way through the trial, the judge dismissed the charges under Florida's Stand Your Ground law....
  • Another 'stand your ground' case? Florida shooting suspect claims he was attacked

    01/22/2014 5:28:24 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    ORLANDO — The gunman accused of chasing and killing a 21-year-old man at an Orlando apartment complex Thursday told police he was pursuing a suspected burglar and acted in self-defense after he was attacked.
  • Another 'stand your ground' case? MetroWest shooting suspect claims he was attacked

    01/18/2014 1:26:53 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1-17-14 | Jeff Weiner and Arelis R. Hernández
    The gunman accused of chasing and killing a 21-year-old man at a west Orlando apartment complex on Thursday told police he was pursuing a suspected burglar and acted in self-defense after he was attacked. A police account of the shooter's self-defense claim obtained by the Orlando Sentinel suggests this could be the latest local homicide in which the state's controversial "stand your ground" law becomes a factor. Police were called to the shooting just before noon Thursday at the Fountains at MetroWest apartments. They arrived to find 21-year-old Ricardo Sanes dead in the grass, surrounded by six .45-caliber shell casings....
  • Bronze Star-winning stepdad who shot girl dead 'as she tried to sneak into the house'....

    12/25/2013 12:58:55 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 24, 2013 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER and SNEJANA FARBEROV
    The Colorado man who police say shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after allegedly mistaking her for a burglar has been identified as a highly decorated Army officer. According to information released to MailOnline Tuesday afternoon by officials at Fort Carson, Colorado, 2nd Lt Daniel Meade has been named in a fatal incident involving his daughter, Kiana O’Neil. The victim, of Colorado Springs, was gunned down after a burglary was reported at her family's home. Police spokesman Larry Herbert said the girl's stepfather fired the shot, but said it was unclear if he had mistaken the teen for a burglar....
  • Ted Cruz: Stand Your Ground

    12/10/2013 4:57:06 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12-6-13 | Ted Cruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz was a keynote speaker at ALEC's 2013 States and Nation Policy Summit.
  • Sybrina Fulton to speak at Harvard Law (Trayvon's birth mother)

    11/18/2013 10:23:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    BOSTON, Mass. (AP) - The mother of Trayvon Martin will speak at Harvard Law School about changing "stand your ground" self-defense laws. Sybrina Fulton will be joined by her attorney, Benjamin Crump, at Monday's event. Fulton's 17-year-old son was shot in central Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July....
  • Stand Your Ground: Why Florida Boycott Is The Only Effective Solution

    11/18/2013 9:27:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Black Star News ^ | November 17, 2013 | Ron Daniels
    The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), multitudes of people of African descent and people of conscience and goodwill have not forgotten about the tragedy and travesty of the murder of Trayvon Martin. There is a deep seated feeling of injustice and lack of closure as the Justice Department has yet to render a decision whether to pursue civil rights violations in this case --a course which is highly unlikely. And, the “Stand Your Ground Law” which provided George Zimmerman the pretext to profile and ultimately murder Trayvon Martin with impunity is still in place. Despite a courageous...
  • ‘Saddam Hussein’ and ‘Osama Bin Ladin’ oppose Ohio ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill

    11/16/2013 1:39:34 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | November 15, 2013 | David Codrea
    A public records request by Gun Rights Examiner to review 10,000 signatures opposing adoption of a “Stand Your Ground” bill (H.B. No. 203) -- reportedly submitted by the Ohio Black Legislative Council to Gov. John Kasich -- was answered when a compact disc containing the information arrived in Thursday’s mail. Two who definitely aren’t Buckeyes are “Saddam Hussein” and “Osama Bin Ladin,” which brings to mind the fiasco of Michael Bloomberg's “No More Names” tour reading off the names of the Boston bomber and other criminals “killed by guns.” It’s safe to assume here that someone was having some fun...
  • Trayvon Martin's Parents Retain American Program Bureau as Their Exclusive Speakers' Agency

    11/14/2013 1:53:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | November 13, 2013 | Jack Freeman
    American Program Bureau (APB) is proud to be named the exclusive speaking agency for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin. Since the death of their son, Fulton and Martin have committed their lives to transforming tragedy into change, working to ensure the survival of every child through education and thoughtful conversations about conflict resolution. The publicity surrounding Trayvon's death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Facing increasing demands to speak publicly, Fulton and Martin are retaining the services of APB to schedule and manage their speaking engagements. Both Fulton and Martin are...
  • ‘Stand Your Ground’ and Warning Shots Survive Hearing (Florida, anti-gun forces lose again)

    11/08/2013 7:04:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Root ^ | November 8, 2013 | Stephen A. Crockett, Jr.
    Grace Miranda and other supporters of Trayvon Martin rally in front of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s office to ask him to retract his support for the state’s “Stand your ground” gun law in April 2012. A panel of Florida lawmakers shot down a proposal to repeal the state's "Stand your ground" law but approved an amendment to allow immunity for those who fire a warning shot, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Nearly 300 people attended the vote to give their opinion on the controversial law that has been in the national spotlight and under intense scrutiny since the shooting of...
  • Florida panel rejects bill to repeal 'stand your ground'

    11/08/2013 1:54:30 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    NBC News.com ^ | 11/8/13 | Daniella Silva
    A committee of Florida lawmakers rejected a proposal to repeal the ''stand your ground'' self-defense law Thursday, following an hours-long hearing. The Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Subcommittee held a five-hour hearing starting at 3 p.m. to vote on a bill repealing the law granting individuals to use deadly force when they believe their life is in jeopardy. "Today, our state is a safer place and has the lowest crime rate in 42 years," Rep. Marti Coley, a Marianna Republican, said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "Florida's 'stand your ground' law is solid. It's good and should not...
  • ‘Stand Your Ground’ And Halacha

    11/07/2013 2:50:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | November 7, 2013 | Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen
    Question: Can you “stand your ground” according to halacha as George Zimmerman allegedly did when he killed Trayvon Martin? Answer: According to halacha, if someone is running after you to kill you, that person is classified as a rodef and you may kill him. However, this is only the case if you have no other option. If wounding the rodef is sufficient to stop him, you may not kill him. If you do nonetheless, you are a murderer (see Rambam, Hilchot Rotzei’ach 1:6,7) The Mishnah L’Melech, however, takes a different position (see his comments to the Rambam’s Hilchot Chovail U’Mazik...
  • I Want to Be Friends With Republicans

    11/02/2013 1:48:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 2, 2013 | David James Poissant
    The trouble started the night Jeff, one of the guys I drink and talk about God with, announced that he’d been summoned to court for the Zimmerman trial jury pool. We’d kept politics out of our Wednesday night meetings, which are held on my back porch, the six of us seated at an old dining room table propped next to my broken hot tub (Florida short-sale homes come standard with broken hot tubs). Instead of Bible Study, we call it our Tavern Ministry, and while we were often drunk halfway through, a churchlike decorum had always held sway. Once the...
  • Ted Cruz Destroys Race-Based Attack on Stand Your Ground Laws

    11/01/2013 7:45:29 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    RightWingNews.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Dave Blount
    Rather than addressing the crucial issue of reducing its own monstrous size before it crushes our society, the federal government held a hearing Tuesday as part of an attack on Stand Your Ground laws — an explicitly state matter. Fortunately Ted Cruz (R-TX) was at hand to lay utter waste to the liberal control freaks who have theatrically played the race card in their attempt to exploit the Trayvon Martin shooting as a means to undermine states’ rights and our individual right of self-defense. Cruz began by offering his condolences for [Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina] Fulton’s loss, but quickly moved...
  • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge hears from Akron about Obamacare and immigration (Head of CBC)

    11/01/2013 1:47:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WKSU-FM a service of Kent State University ^ | November 1, 2013 | Kabir Bhatia
    In the past few months, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has heard from constituents about everything from guns to immigration. But one concern is suddenly getting a lot more attention: glitches in the Affordable Care Act website. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports. The redrawn 11th is an F-shaped congressional district that occupies a big chunk of Cuyahoga County, and then narrows down through the national park and into Summit County. It includes everything from East Cleveland to suburban Broadview Heights and Seven Hills, to downtown Akron, where Fudge held a town hall at the Akron Public Library Thursday. The three-term Democrat and president...
  • Ted Cruz To Trayvon Martin's Mother: Stand Your Ground Laws Are Not Racist

    10/30/2013 1:30:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | October 29, 2013 | Ian Schwartz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Stand Your Ground laws, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued the law benefits everyone, including African-Americans. Cruz also accused public leaders of exploiting Trayvon Martin’s death to inflame racial tensions....
  • Durbin, Cruz Clash Over Stand Your Ground Laws

    10/30/2013 8:45:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/29/2013 | Rodrigo Sermeńo
    Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, testified before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Tuesday about “stand your ground” self-defense laws, reviving the contentious debate in Washington over such legislation. Fulton said she was there so that lawmakers could put a face on the tragedy that resulted in the loss of her son, who had just celebrated his 17th birthday three weeks before he was killed while walking home in Sanford, Fla. “He was going to get a drink and candy. He was not looking for any type of trouble,” she said. “He was not the criminal that some people...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Opening Statement in Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on "Stand Your Ground"

    10/29/2013 2:15:45 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Ted Cruz via YouTube ^ | 10/29/2013 | Ted Cruz
    Awesome opening statement by Ted Cruz in a Judiciary Sub-committee Hearing on "Stand Your Ground"! This is a display of the exemplary communication skills, and knowledge of Ted Cruz!
  • Trayvon Martin’s Mom Calls for Amending ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    10/29/2013 12:31:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    WABC77 ^ | 10/29/13
    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,...
  • New York Man Shoots Rape Suspect and is Charged with Murder

    10/21/2013 9:31:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Guns 'n' Freedom ^ | 10/21/13 | Jonathan S.
    A 43-year-old father of three has been charged with murder after shooting a rape suspect on his property in New York. Many are hailing David Carlson has a hero for protecting his family and stopping a rape victim on the loose whom the police were chasing at the time, but because the state of NY does not have a Stand Your Ground law, Carlson has been charged with murder instead of being thanked by the police department. The accused rapist, Norris Acosta-Sanchez, was on the run from police in Carlson’s community. He was found to be living in an abandoned...
  • South Carolina man who shot unarmed teenager dead will NOT face trial under......

    10/14/2013 4:10:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 56 replies
    mail online ^ | James Nye
    FULL TITLE: South Carolina man who shot unarmed teenager dead will NOT face trial under controversial Stand Your Ground law A South Carolina mother has spoken out in shock after it was announced on Friday that the man who shot dead her 17-year-old son will not be tried for his murder because of the state's 'Stand Your Ground Law'. In April 2010, Shannon Anthony Scott, who was then 33, opened fire on a SUV full of teenage girls outside his home in Columbia and unintentionally hit unarmed 17-year-old Darrell Andre Niles in his car, killing him. Despite being arrested and...
  • Miami-Dade murder charge dismissed in Stand Your Ground case

    10/14/2013 7:06:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 14, 2013 | David Ovalle
    A North Miami-Dade man was justified in fatally shooting a pipe-wielding, drug-addled attacker during a wild confrontation on a sidewalk four years ago, a judge has ruled. The first-degree murder charge against Luis Martinez, 29, was dismissed late last month. It was the fourth Miami-Dade murder case dismissed by a judge since the 2005 passage of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The law eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat before using deadly force to counter a deadly threat. The law also gave judges greater leeway in granting “immunity” to people deemed to have acted in self-defense. The state’s Stand...
  • License to kill: Proposed ‘stand your ground’ law in Ohio an invitation to violence and vigilantism

    10/10/2013 9:31:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | October 11, 2013 | The Editors
    Some Ohio lawmakers want to modify the state’s concealed-weapons law by vastly expanding the circumstances in which a person has no duty to retreat before using lethal force in self-defense. Such a “stand your ground” law is unnecessary. Worse, it would increase the danger of gun violence — something this state and its cities hardly need. City councils in several Ohio communities, including Toledo, Akron, Dayton, and Cincinnati, formally oppose the proposed bill. Members of the Ohio Student Association also have protested it. Current Ohio law states that people need not retreat in their residence, their vehicle, or the vehicle...
  • Stand Your Ground

    10/03/2013 5:21:07 PM PDT · by Chode · 5 replies
    Jon McNaughton ^ | 10/3/2013 | Jon McNaughton
    Stand Your Ground