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  • Constitutional Carry and Self Defense Law Reform to be heard Wednesday!

    03/05/2017 10:52:19 PM PST · by dustind · 3 replies
    NRA National Rifle Association ^ | 3-3-2017 | Bryan Strawser
    Two critical pieces of pro-gun rights legislation are coming up for a hearing in the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:15am: HF188: Constitutional Carry (also known as Permitless Carry) HF238: Defense of Person and Dwelling Act (also known in other states as "Stand your Ground") These are the two centerpieces of our 2017 legislative agenda --- and this year we have the best chance of passing them through the legislature because of the work that supporters like you did during the 2016 elections - by putting a pro-Second Amendment legislature in...
  • Study: Stand Your Ground led to increase in homicide cases

    01/06/2017 4:23:20 AM PST · by rarestia · 73 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, January 06, 2017, 12:04 AM EST | Cheryn Stone
    New medical findings link Florida's Stand Your Ground law to a significant increase in gun deaths. JAMA Study: 24.4% increase in homicide associated with Stand Your Ground Study authors say findings should be used to make informed decisions A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states implementing Stand Your Ground in Florida is associated with a 24.4 percent increase in homicide and a 31.6 percent increase in firearm-related homicide in the state. "So the implication of these findings is that almost immediately after Stand Your Ground was enacted, rates of homicide and firearm homicide have gone...
  • After Trayvon, Chilling Ad Offers Bulletproof Vests for Kids-Timed to Florida's midterm election

    10/24/2014 5:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    AdWeek's Advertising & Branding Blog ^ | October 21, 2014 | Hanna Masaryk
    A billboard advertising a line of bulletproof vests for young boys has appeared near the Florida capital in Tallahassee. Chilling, controversial and undeniably eye-catching, the ad is part of the “Vest or Vote” campaign mounted by The Dream Defenders. The Florida-based social justice organization is rallying residents to vote in Florida’s midterm election Nov. 4. According to a report on Jacksonville’s CBS 47 Action News, the group hopes to elect candidates who will repeal the state's controversial stand-your-ground law. According to The BRPR Group, the Miami-based advertising agency behind the campaign, the billboard was modeled after youth clothing ads like...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Northampton Community College students debate merits of stand-your-ground laws

    03/01/2014 4:00:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Lehigh Valley Express-Times ^ | March 1, 2014 | Sara K. Satullo
    Northampton Community College students debating the merits of so-called stand-your-ground laws were so convincing, audience members seemed to forget the teams had flipped a coin to decide which position they'd take. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the college's Student Senate tackled the thorny issue Thursday as part of the college's celebration of Black History Month. The three students on the honor society team were deemed the victors by a panel of three judges. But as the judges deliberated in the hallway, the teams took audience questions and also were corrected a few times. Professor Vertel Martin...
  • ‘Stand your ground law’ survives Florida House vote

    11/08/2013 6:02:04 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Fox News via AP ^ | 11-8-2013 | Fox News via AP
    A panel of Florida legislators on Thursday easily defeated an effort to repeal the state's controversial "stand your ground law" Thursday following hours of passionate testimony. The vote by a committee of the Republican-controlled House, which seemed unlikely just a few months ago, comes after the trial of George Zimmerman renewed scrutiny of the self-defense law that was first passed in 2005. Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin after claiming self-defense. While "stand your ground" was not directly mentioned in the trial, the law was included in the jury instructions and sparked a monthlong...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mother to Testify in Senate on 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

    09/14/2013 5:26:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | William Bigelow
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, announced on Thursday that a central witness in the September 17 Senate hearing targeting “Stand Your Ground” laws will be Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother.
  • 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...
  • Police identify intruder shot to death by a Northland homeowner

    09/08/2013 4:08:50 AM PDT · by kevcol · 40 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | September 5, 2013 | CHRISTINE VENDEL and GLENN E. RICE
    Robinson allegedly stole three vehicles in a pre-dawn crime spree that ended with his death inside a residential garage in the 9000 block of North Garfield Avenue in Kansas City, North. He allegedly fought with the homeowner, who killed him with two shotgun blasts after Robinson stole keys and tried to drive off in the family’s vehicle. The homeowner’s wife held their child and hid in a closet while calling 911 after Robinson broke into their home, police said.
  • UN Demands Obama “Nullify” Stand Your Ground Laws

    09/05/2013 4:51:03 AM PDT · by kevcol · 52 replies
    The New American ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Alex Newman
    Wildly overstepping its bounds while revealing a profound ignorance or disdain for America’s constitutional system of government, the United Nations demanded on September 3 that the Obama administration “nullify” Florida’s popular “stand your ground” law. Of course, the president cannot “nullify” anything, let alone state law — and especially not on meaningless orders from the UN. However, the increasingly out-of-control global bureaucracy claimed in a press release that the U.S. government was “required” to obey its mandates.
  • Kansas City home owner shoots, kills intruder with shotgun

    09/04/2013 10:41:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Fox 4 ^ | September 4, 2013 | Sarah J. Clark and Kathy Quinn
    <p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An early morning home invasion ended with the suspected intruder shot and killed.</p> <p>Police said a home owner in the 9000 block of N. Garfield in Kansas City, Mo., shot a man who broke into his home just after 5:30 Wednesday morning. The shooting victim suffered life-threatening injuries and died inside the residence. He was 20 years old. Police have not released his identity.</p>
  • 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.
  • Using the Zimmerman Case to Campaign Against "Stand Your Ground" is a Non-Starter

    08/20/2013 3:40:19 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    O'Mara Law Blog ^ | 8/20/2013 | Mark O'Mara
    I’ve watched the “Stand Up to ‘Stand Your Ground’” PSA several times now. The PSA features a dramatic reenactment of the encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. While the PSA uses actual audio from George’s non-emergency call and witness 911 calls, the visual details of the reenactment are wildly inaccurate and they are unsupported by the actual evidence. By airing an interpretation of events that are easily dismissed as factual fantasy, the proponents for changes in the self-defense statutes in various states are actually damaging their arguments. I have stated that Florida Statute 776 can use some polishing to...
  • Miami cabbie shot during robbery attempt, drives to police station [Perp was wearing a hoodie!]

    08/20/2013 6:18:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/20/13
    A Super Yellow Cab driver was shot in the back early Tuesday in a robbery, according to early reports....
  • 9 Investigates Florida's 'stand your ground' law

    08/15/2013 12:22:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 12 August, 2013 | NA
    Section 3 of 776.013 of the Florida statutes reads, "A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be 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 to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." Section 3 was added into the law...
  • Florida legislators vote down special 'stand your ground' session

    08/15/2013 5:06:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    WKMG/AP ^ | 8-14-2013 | WKMG/AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature is coming out solidly against a special session to repeal the state's "stand your ground law." The Department of State on Wednesday released a list that showed more than half of the state's 160-member Legislature has already voted against the idea. The vote was triggered earlier after 33 legislators asked for a special session in writing. They were urged to do so by protesters upset with the July verdict in the George Zimmerman case.
  • MI:Detroit man says 'stand your ground' kept him out of prison

    08/13/2013 7:34:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 2 August, 2013 | Randy Wimbley
    DETROIT (WJBK) - Michigan's "stand your ground" law is practically the same as the Florida law, and there are a lot of people hoping that a review leads to it being repealed. However, we spoke with one Detroit man who said "stand your ground" quite possibly saved his life and without a doubt kept him out of prison. "If it wasn't for [the] 'stand your ground' law, right now I would be in jail, and my life could've been taken at that point," said Darrell Standberry. It happened nearly two years ago, but Standberry remembers like it was yesterday the...
  • 18 Little-Known Gun Facts That Prove That Guns Make Us Safer

    08/13/2013 7:30:48 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    Right Side News ^ | August 12 2013 | Michael Snyder
    #1 Over the past 20 years, gun sales have absolutely exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39 percent during that time and “other crimes with firearms” are down 69 percent. #2 A study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy discovered that nations that have more guns tend to have less crime. #3 The nine European nations with the lowest rate of gun ownership rate ...
  • Florida Sheriffs Back ‘Stand Your Ground' Law

    08/09/2013 8:51:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Lakeland Ledger ^ | August 9, 2013 | Jim Turner, News Service of Florida
    The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written." "Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including ‘stand your ground,'" Judd said in a prepared statement. When the National Rifle Association-backed law was approved in 2005, the association remained neutral on the issue. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican who...
  • After Trayvon Martin Verdict, Durbin Pushes 300 Companies on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    08/06/2013 8:25:09 PM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | Meredith Shiner
    In preparation for a previously announced hearing on controversial “stand your ground” laws announced after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to more than 300 possible corporate backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council, requesting their position of such policies in states across the country.
  • Hey criminals, you may not want to break in to Kid Rock’s house

    08/06/2013 8:49:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8/5/2013 | Robert Laurie
    Last Wednesday, rock star/rapper Kid Rock’s security system photographed a man on crutches who was trying to break into his Michigan home. Friday night, Rock (whose real name is Robert Ritchie) posted a message to his webpage, along with images of the intruder and his van. Let’s just say the guy’s lucky that Kid Rock wasn’t home at the time.
  • Cops Probe String Of Teens-On-Bikes Assaults

    08/06/2013 8:13:46 AM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    New Haven Independent ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | Paul Bass
    Police are investigating three possibly related attacks on people by teens on bikes in and around Edgewood Park. The Independent reported Thursday on one such incident, which occurred around 5: 30 p.m. on Friday July 26 along the asphalt road that connects the park’s duck pond to the skateboard rink. A 63-year-old jogger was partway along that road when, he said, four teens on bikes rode passed. One turned around, rolled a bike at him to knock him over, then knocked him down again when he got up. The teens proceeded to punch and kick him, breaking an arm and...
  • Florida House speaker to hold hearings on stand-your-ground law

    08/05/2013 1:42:34 PM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug 4, 2013 | MICHAEL VAN SICKLER
    Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford announced Friday that he will order hearings this fall on the state’s “stand your ground” law, a victory for the young protesters known as the Dream Defenders who have spent the past two weeks protesting at the Capitol. . . They shouldn’t celebrate too hard. Weatherford assigned the task of chairing the hearings to a staunch supporter of the law, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. “I don’t support changing one damn comma of the stand your ground law,” Gaetz said Friday. “It would be reactionary and dangerous to make Floridians less safe to pacify...
  • MILLER: ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ showdown in Florida

    08/05/2013 8:40:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Physicians have no business interrogating patients about their gunsIn the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, President Obama and other anti-gun advocates have called for changing Florida’s pro-Second Amendment laws. Their chances of getting the “stand your ground” statute overturned are slim, but the anti-gun groups are making significant progress in the Sunshine State in allowing activist doctors to push their agenda to disarm families. A federal appeals court heard oral arguments on July 18 in the case that has become known as “Docs vs. Glocks.” The issue before the court is whether a patient’s right to privacy and protection...
  • Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns – Don’t Shoot Someone Attacking You With Axe Handle

    08/04/2013 7:27:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 55 replies
    GSL ^ | 4 August, 2013 | NA
    Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze had some interesting advice for people who were being attacked by someone with a weapon other than a gun during an interview with Chris Matthews. MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an axe handle. MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the axe handle armed or not? GLAZE: Not with a gun. MATTHEWS: I would consider him armed. GLAZE: I have a word for him. I grew up in Colorado where my dad was a...
  • Subway Stabbing Victim Can't Sue NYPD For Failing To Save Him(feet away, no duty to protect0

    08/03/2013 6:54:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 76 replies ^ | 26 July, 2013 | Rebecca Fishbein
    A man who was brutally stabbed by Brooklyn subway slasher Maksim Gelman two years ago had his negligence case against the city dismissed in court yesterday, despite the fact that two transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman's car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack. Gelman stabbed Joseph Lozito in the face, neck, hands and head on an uptown 3 train in February 2011, after fatally stabbing four people and injuring three others in a 28-hour period. Lozito, a father of two and an avid martial arts fan, was able to tackle Gelman...
  • Quinnipiac Poll: Majority of voters support “Stand Your Ground” laws, 53/40

    08/02/2013 9:46:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/02/2013 | AllahPundit
    Feels like a surprise after so much media angst over the role of “Stand Your Ground” in Zimmerman’s acquittal — which was close to zero, by the way — but this isn’t a surprise really. Thirty-one states have SYG laws or a limited variation on them, the “Castle Doctrine” that limits SYG to your own home. Go figure that a majority of voters would endorse them when asked. White voters support “Stand Your Ground” laws 57 – 37 percent while black voters are opposed 57 – 37 percent. Men support these laws 62 – 34 percent while women are divided...
  • NAACP introduces 'Trayvon's Law'

    08/02/2013 8:26:27 AM PDT · by kevcol · 120 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | Larry Weiss
    The 2012 killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has led to various rallies, boycotts, and even songs. Now, the NAACP is leading the way in an effort to force legal changes across the United States in an attempt to prevent another similar situation. The NAACP created "Trayvon's Law," a series of legislative policies that aims to "end racial profiling, repeal stand your ground laws, form effective civil complaint review boards to provide oversight of police misconduct, improve training for community watch groups, mandate law enforcement to collect data on homicide cases involving non-whites, and address the “school to prison pipeline,...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson calls Florida ‘Selma of our time’; Gov. Rick Scott calls for apology

    08/01/2013 3:02:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 31, 2013 | MICHAEL VAN SICKLER AND ROCHELLE KOFF
    TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday accused Rev. Jesse Jackson of insulting Floridians with a series of reckless and divisive statements about the state and its “stand your ground” self-defense law.While visiting the state Capitol Tuesday, Jackson talked about efforts to repeal the law and used the phrase “Selma of our time” — a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s.In a July 18 exchange on CNN, Jackson talked about an economic boycott to “isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.” Scott denounced both...
  • Jesse Jackson to Fla. Gov: No Apology for Comments

    07/31/2013 6:12:42 PM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 31, 2013
    Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson isn't backing down from comments he made comparing Florida's struggle with the Trayvon Martin case to the civil rights clashes with police during the 1960s in Selma, Ala. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday demanded that Jackson apologize for his comments calling the state the "Selma of our time." He also said Florida has been an "apartheid" state. But Jackson, in an interview with The Associated Press, defended his remarks. He cited the state's voter laws and incarceration rates of blacks versus the general population as examples of "apartheid like conditions."
  • Jesse Jackson thrills activists, joins 'stand your ground' sit-in [more SYG=racist BS]

    07/31/2013 3:09:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | July 30, 2013 | JAMES L. ROSICA
    TALLAHASSEE - The Rev. Jesse Jackson's surprise appearance Tuesday at the Capitol sit-in was enough to take some protesters' breath away. "Whoa," said Kaylee Rodall, who will be a senior at Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville. "I mean, he is the civil-rights movement." ..Jackson planned to be the first dignitary to spend the night with the group: "Wherever they're sleeping is where I'm sleeping," he said. Organizers also said they now have the votes of enough lawmakers to bypass Gov. Rick Scott and petition Secretary of State Ken Detzner - a Scott appointee - for a special session. ..Protesters...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother: Repeal stand-ground law [& Jesse Jackson, SYG = racism]

    07/30/2013 8:00:53 AM PDT · by kevcol · 88 replies
    SF Gate ^ | July 29, 2013 | Curt Anderson
    Sybrina Fulton repeated her assertion that neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman "got away with murder" in the 2012 killing of her son largely because of Florida's self-defense law, which generally removed a person's duty to retreat if possible in the face of danger. It was the first of its kind in the nation when passed in 2005. Now, about two dozen states have similar laws, but the focus of repeal efforts is squarely on Florida. "We have to change the law so that this doesn't happen to someone else's child," Fulton told reporters . . Although he was not...
  • More pressure for special session on SYG, this time from [scared] black Hillsborough politicos

    07/29/2013 8:57:28 PM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 29, 2013 | Michael Van Sickler
    Six black Hillsborough County elected officials are asking Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford for a special session to repeal or change the 2005 “stand your ground” law they blame for a looming economic crisis caused by a boycott of Florida. “Since the outcome of the Zimmerman verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Florida has become a lightning rod for criticism over our state’s ‘stand your ground’ law,” states the July 29 letter. “Now, in the weeks since the ‘not guilty’ verdict was rendered, the cries for boycotting Florida from some of...
  • Sheila Jackson-Lee Pushes Bill To Punish “Stand Your Ground” States, Reward “Duty To Retreat” States

    07/25/2013 3:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 25, 2013 | Mara Zebest
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-olt) filing a bill to legislate mandatory cowardness by cutting federal funding to any state supporting a “Stand Your Ground” law and to increase or maintain funding to states that implement a “runaway and show weakness” law—or as Sheila Jackson Lee calls it—”Duty to Retreat” law.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Lee also wants to regulate any individuals who dare to take on the individual responsibility of participating in a neighborhood watch program. Guess the Black Panthers would become the guards in Sheila Jackson Lee’s vision of America. Here’s an inconvenient truth for Liberals like Sheila Jackson Lee—blacks benefit the most (more...
  • Stand Your Ground Is Not New - It is based on an old and valuable principle.

    07/25/2013 10:02:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 25, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In our discussions of the Stand Your Ground principle, bogeymen and shadows predominate. We hear much of the National Rifle Association, of the conservative nonprofit “ALEC,” of “the South,” and, particularly ludicrously, of “white supremacy.” Disinformation and hyperbole, too, are rife. To take the more extravagant of the rule’s critics at face value would be to conclude that permissive self-defense regimes are recent inventions — a hijacking of the justice system by would-be vigilantes and their enablers. But all of this is rather silly. In truth, the Stand Your Ground principle, which holds only that one may fight back...
  • Houston Gas Station Shooting: SYG or not? Break it Down with AOJ

    07/24/2013 1:37:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies ^ | 24 July,2013 | Andrew Branca
    Hungry for another claimed example of a deadly Stand-Your-Ground defensive encounter, the mainstream media has seized upon the gas-station shooting death of a black man by a rifle-armed woman, also black, this past Sunday in Houston. Video of the encounter was captured by the gas station’s security cameras, both inside the enclosed portion of the station, where it seems the encounter began, and out by the pumps where the encounter turned deadly. Much of the information available to date is from “news” sources, so the “facts” as described must be considered malleable. It appears, however, that the man made some...
  • Lawmakers seek change or repeal of Alabama's Stand Your Ground law

    07/24/2013 7:13:06 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies ^ | July 23, 2013 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A Jefferson County lawmaker wants to change Alabama’s Stand Your Ground law so the defense can not be invoked by someone who followed or pursued a person before a confrontation. The legislation is directly inspired by the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. “I’m calling this the Trayvon Martin amendment,” Rep. Merika Coleman-Evans, D-Pleasant Grove.
  • Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart join boycott against Florida: report

    07/23/2013 7:44:26 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 134 replies
    Washington post ^ | 7/23/13 | By Jessica Chasmar
    <p>A source close to singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder has released a list of some the biggest names in the music industry joining in the boycott against Florida’s “stand your ground” laws.</p>
  • Former Director of DOJ Arm Sent to Monitor Zimmerman Protests Makes Shock Admission About Agency

    07/22/2013 2:22:25 PM PDT · by Errant · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 22 July, 2003 | Erica Ritz
    Ondray Harris, the former director of the Department of Justice’s “Community Relations Service,” recently told the Daily Caller that he “regularly had to warn or take corrective action against career employees for acting as advocates instead of mediators.” The news follows explosive claims that the CRS, which says it provides “violence prevention and conflict resolution services,” actively helped to organize and foment unrest during the anti-George Zimmerman protests of 2012.
  • Sen. McCain says Arizona should review “Stand Your Ground” law

    07/21/2013 9:06:10 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 61 replies
    REDALERT ^ | July 21, 2013 | REDALERT
    Breaking away from many in the conservative movement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that his state’s “Stand Your Ground” law needs to be reviewed.
  • So are blacks discriminated against when relying on Stand Your Ground laws?

    07/21/2013 7:32:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 19 July, 2013 | John Lott
    Here is a case that the liberal point to in arguing against Stand Your Ground laws. To me, assuming that the facts are accurate, it certainly looks like Marissa behaved properly and I have stated that before in interviews. From On Aug. 1, 2010, Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, with a master’s degree and no criminal record, was working for a payroll software company in Jacksonville. She was estranged from her abusive husband, Rico Gray, and had a restraining order against him. Thinking he was not at home, she went to their former house to get some...
  • President Obama: "Trayvon Martin Could've Been Me 35 Years Ago"

    07/19/2013 2:18:48 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 60 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 19, 2013l | Matt Berman,Brian Resick,Matt Vasilogambros,Niraj Chokshi
    President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press room on Friday to speak about the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case, making some of the boldest and most open remarks about race of his presidency.
  • "Responsibility to Retreat" is the phrase being used in Miami media this week!

    07/18/2013 6:29:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 110 replies
    WFOR, WPLG, WSVN, WTVJ | 7/18/13
    As the liberal Miami media works hand in hand with Democrats and race card players and gun grabbers, they are employing a phrase in their effort to get STAND YOUR GROUND laws repealed.... That phrase is "responsibility to retreat"... They are insisting that the law be amended to make it mandatory for victims of crime to run away. First of all, isn't that ALREADY part of the law--to seek safety when possible? Second, if we are to believe the leftards, isn't that what Trayvon DIDN'T do? Anyway, I think it is disgusting to hear anyone tell me I have to...
  • Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate

    07/17/2013 8:16:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/16/13 | Patrick Howley
    African Americans benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help African Americans. Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population. The majority of those claims have been successful, a success rate that exceeds that for Florida whites. Nonetheless, prominent African Americans including Holder and “Ebony and Ivory” singer Stevie Wonder, who...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder condemns ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

    07/16/2013 2:07:27 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 83 replies
    WP ^ | Tuesday, July 16 2013 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws here Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP that addressed the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. The laws “sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said, by “allowing – and perhaps encouraging – violent situations to escalate in public.”
  • Judge dismisses handgun case with 1st successful use of Stand Your Ground immunity law

    12/13/2012 1:00:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Lamaur Stancil
    Arzie Tory Months before Floridians had heard of Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman, an Indian River County man was threatened with a beating and made a decision to stand his ground by grabbing a gun. Arzie Tory was a 48-year-old lawn maintenance employee who arrived at work on July 12, 2011, and was assaulted by a man 19 years younger, according to court records. Tory, who said he was experiencing weakness from diabetes, took a punch to the eye and fled to his car, where he pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and warned the other man to stay away, records...
  • Gaetz promises to defend 'Stand Your Ground' law(FL)

    10/26/2012 7:12:05 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 25 October, 2012 | Deborah Buckhalter
    Florida Senator Don Gaetz, R-Destin, was guest speaker at the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association banquet Tuesday night. He made some promises in his speech that had more to do with other hot topics than with cattle farming. For instance, as the incoming senate president, Gaetz said he will do all in his power to block a repeal of the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law which, allows people under attack to immediately defend themselves, rather than first retreating as Florida law once demanded. “My wife’s in a wheelchair…I don’t want her to be caught somewhere in a darkened parking lot…...
  • In Florida, another anti-gun lie revealed as gun rights conference looms

    09/14/2012 5:59:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 September, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Just over two weeks before the 27th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) – sponsored by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms – convenes in Orlando, the Florida task force examining that state’s Stand Your Ground law has an interesting revelation. The controversial law, passed seven years ago, has not produced any negative effect on the tourist trade. That had been one of the predictions from the anti-self-defense lobby during debate on the proposal in 2005. But according to the Tampa Tribune, Bradenton Herald and Tampa Bay Times, a gathering...