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  • 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
  • George Zimmerman’s wife: 'I have doubts but I also believe the evidence'

    09/26/2013 10:13:51 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 84 replies
    Today.com ^ | 9/26/13 | Scott Stump
    In the midst of divorce proceedings against husband George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman said she has doubts about what really happened in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year, she told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview. "I'm conflicted on that,'' Shellie told Lauer on TODAY Thursday. "I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently." Lauer pressed further, asking, "So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was...
  • Dream Defenders Stand Their Ground On United Nation’s Floor (Yes, you read that correctly)

    09/25/2013 9:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WUFT-FM National Public Radio ^ | September 25, 2013 | Chabeli Herrera
    The Dream Defenders are taking their message to the floor of the United Nations. The group, which is against Florida’s “stand your ground” law and formed in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, submitted an eight-page shadow report Friday to the U.N. Human Rights Committee answering questions the committee raised as to whether stand your ground violates the United States’ civil rights obligations. The group has gained momentum since the July acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. They initiated a 31-day occupation of the Capitol building in Tallahassee to pressure members of the Florida House of Representatives...
  • Does French Self-Defense Case Show America's Future Without Stand Your Ground?

    09/23/2013 7:37:48 AM PDT · by redens · 14 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 9/20/2013 | Paul Chambres
    A French store keeper is charged with murder after shooting an assailant. The episode has sparked widespread outrage in the country. Many are critical fo the socialist government for being too lax.
  • Youth group joins Florida activists to push for Trayvon’s Law

    09/12/2013 2:21:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Philadelphia Public Schools' The Notebook ^ | The October 2013 Issue | Mark McHugh
    Youth United for Change members are used to rallying against injustices in public education. In July, group members took hold of a somewhat different cause when they traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., to protest alongside members of a Florida activist group against the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, and fight for passage of a package of bills called the Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for the killing of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. The bills, also called Trayvon’s Law, were developed by the Dream Defenders, an organization...
  • Let’s Use All the Data This Time: Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racist?

    09/10/2013 7:15:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/10/2013 | Howard Nemerov
    Since George Zimmerman’s exoneration, Stand Your Ground laws have been under attack. President Obama injected race into the discussion by referring to the “pain” the black community feels over the Zimmerman verdict, and by claiming that the outcome would have been different had Trayvon Martin been white. Speaking at the NAACP convention, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder claimed Stand Your Ground laws “undermine public safety” and “sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” Both want these enhanced self-defense laws “reviewed.” (Read: “repealed.”) This rhetoric culminated in state Representative Alan Williams sponsoring a bill to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground.Wildly misleading...
  • More on self-defence, George Zimmerman

    09/09/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Longboat Key News ^ | September 9, 2013 | Werner Hartenberger
    I write this letter intending no disrespect concerning other comments about the Zimmerman trial or self-defense laws including Stand Your Ground. But, as Mr. Grossman correctly noted to his credit, these issues are being hotly debated and he invited further discussion. Other Longboat Key News readers seem to agree. The merit of such discussion, however, requires some correction of misunderstandings or inaccuracies. With all due respect, it cannot reasonably be claimed or implied that the man with the gun has all the rights and no responsibilities; that self-defense rights are not subject to restraints; that Zimmerman’s self-defense right was altered...
  • Florida attorneys seek 'stand your ground' defense in triple shooting

    09/05/2013 6:35:15 AM PDT · by rarestia · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | Staff
    Attorneys for a Titusville man accused of shooting three people during a neighborhood feud say the charges against him should be dismissed under Florida's "stand your ground" law. William T. Woodward's attorneys say he'd been the target of threats and was exercising his right under the state's law to defend himself on Sept. 3, 2012.
  • A Travesty In Florida Part One: How Zimmerman Lied To Avoid Murder Conviction

    09/02/2013 8:41:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Black Star News ^ | August 31, 2013 | Colin Benjamin
    First of a series: In addition to the several columns already published here, over the next few weeks, in a special series The Black Star News will review the George Zimmerman case to analyze what happened and to question: why did this killer of Trayvon Martin escape justice in Florida? Was the case against Mr. Zimmerman doomed from the time Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was invoked—especially, since the victim was an African-American who fits the profile of those deemed "the usual suspect" criminals? To begin analyzing this case, let’s first go back to the awful night of February 26,...
  • Making Your Trayvon Martin Anger Worthwhile

    08/27/2013 1:15:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | August 27, 2013 | Sam Kuhn, senior in the College of Arts and
    Times like these test the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful pronouncement that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Trayvon Martin’s shooting death by George Zimmerman’s gun, the difficulty with which he was brought to trial and his subsequent acquittal on all charges have justifiably generated a maelstrom of anger and confusion. These events clearly constitute a deep miscarriage of justice. What is less clear is whether this miscarriage operates only in an especially unmistakable corner of the realm of immorality, a place which is deeply unsatisfying for its formal unenforceability. The public...
  • Robber Brings Knife to Pizza-Delivery Heist…but Domino’s Guy Has a Gun

    08/25/2013 6:51:04 PM PDT · by Errant · 81 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 Auguest, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    Domino’s employee Bryon Park, 54, had just returned to his vehicle after delivering a pizza to a room in a Days Inn motel in West Melbourne, Fla., about midnight Friday when Fredrick Lorenza Kelly Jr., 32, approached him with a large knife, the Brevard Times reports. Kelly allegedly threatened to kill Park if he didn’t hand over money. A police official reports Park grabbed a gun he carries in his vehicle and fired once toward Kelly, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, the Times reports. “Preliminary evidence in the case demonstrates that the intended victim of the...
  • Florida Lawmakers Reject "Stand Your Ground" Session [Sharpton LOSES!]

    08/21/2013 2:45:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 8/21/13
    An overwhelming number of Florida legislators have rejected a call for a special session to repeal the state's "stand your ground" law. The Department of State on Tuesday released a final tally. It showed 108 legislators voted against the special session while 47 voted for it. Four legislators didn't vote.... The vote was split largely along partisan lines. Seven Democrats joined with Republicans in voting no.
  • Sculptured unreality (Truth vs. Lies in the Zimmerman case)

    08/20/2013 10:03:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 20, 2013 | John Hayward
    As a resident of Florida, I had the strange experience of hearing fairly accurate, or at least un-embellished, reports of the Trayvon Martin incident for a day or two before the national media B.S. steamroller got moving – transforming George Zimmerman into a white (later “white Hispanic”) gun nut from a posh “gated community” who hunted down an apple-cheeked 12-year-old black boy and murdered him for sport. There’s no big mystery behind why the national media got so much of this story wrong. They tend to reflexively believe stories that fit into their pre-fabricated narratives, and they accept reports from...
  • The 'Dream Defenders' would defend us all: 'Stand your ground' law affects more than blacks....

    08/20/2013 4:17:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 20, 2013 | Paul Rosenberg
    Weeks have passed since George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin in mid-July, but a group of young activists known as the Dream Defenders only recently ended their occupation of the state capitol building in Tallahassee, where they called for a special session of the legislature to repeal Florida's so-called "stand your ground" (SYG) law, confront racial profiling, and end the school-to-prison pipeline. They were right to do so for four main reasons: •the "stand your ground" law is badly flawed, and the evidence is overwhelming; •it was directly implicated in Zimmerman's acquittal, even though Zimmerman's lawyers did not...