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Trayvon's mom, Democratic lawmakers: Repeal Stand your Ground

TALLAHASSEE -- Flanked by lawmakers, the mother of Trayvon Martin fought back tears Tuesday as she called for the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, which she believes has been used as a shield  by the man who shot her son.

“How many times are we going to bury our loved ones and not do something about it?”  asked Sybrina Fulton at a press conference in Tallahassee. “We need to get rid of the law.”

A handful of Democratic lawmakers have filed bills to repeal or scale back the self-defense statute that allows people who fear for their lives to use deadly force. While Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that reviewing gun laws was "the right thing to do," the proposals face an uphill battle in the Republican-led and gun-friendly Legislature.

Fulton's plea from the halls of Florida’s Capitol occurred at the same time that President Obama was pitching sweeping new restrictions on guns, including universal background checks for gun buyers, a new ban on assault weapons and a 10-round cap on ammunition magazines.

While states like New York and Colorado are moving to pass significant new gun restrictions,  legislative leaders in Florida have not made gun control a priority this year. Some leaders in the Republican Party, which holds most of the decision-making power in the Legislature, have reaffirmed their support for the Second Amendment in the face of calls for gun control reform and none have filed bills on firearms.

The pitch to repeal the Stand Your Ground law is a longshot proposal from Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami and Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee. Both said that incidents like the death of Trayvon, an unarmed teenager shot to death in Sanford last year, is evidence that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law should be repealed.

“These tragedies renew the argument that Stand Your Ground laws make ordinary citizens feel empowered to shoot first and ask questions later,” said Williams. “We owe to not only Trayvon’s mother, who’s here with us today, but we owe it to future generations, we owe it to the citizens of the state of Florida, to ensure that these laws will not bring harm to their families or to our streets.”

The Florida Legislature passed the Stand Your Ground law in 2005, making Florida the first of two dozen states to pass similar legislation.

The law drew worldwide media attention last year after Trayvon was shot by George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense and was not initially charged. After public outcry, Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla, was eventually charged with second-degree murder. His trial is pending.

Zimmerman insists that he was jumped and pummeled by the 17-year-old Michael Krop High School junior, whom Zimmerman had followed after finding him suspicious.

In response to the shooting, Gov. Rick Scott created a 19-member task force to review the law. The task force, which spent six months traveling the state and taking public testimony, concluded there was no need to overhaul the controversial self-defense law.

Critics charged that the task force was dominated by Stand Your Ground law supporters and Bullard called it a “dog and pony show.”

In a draft report to be presented to the governor, the task force states that: “all persons have a fundamental right to stand their ground and defend themselves from attack with proportionate force in every place they have a lawful right to be and are conducting themselves in a lawful manner.”

“The governor commissioned a task force to submit recommendations,” said Bullard. “I want to emphasize the word ‘task.’ As in they had a job to do and they failed their job.”

Marion Hammer, a former National Rifle Association President who helped write the Stand Your Ground law, said the law was working fine.

“This legislation was about real people, real problems, real injustices and real tragedies,” she told the task force in October. “This law was right when it passed, and it is right today.”



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Black Racism

The Stand Your Ground law (SYG) comes in handy when a thug in trainintg attacks someone trying to defend their neighborhood from maurauding gangs of teens.
Sanford has a lcoal gang problem the media mostly ignored in this case (ELEVEN gun battles in sanford by gangs sine October-but the media calls them RIVAL GROUPS< not GANGS-the media doesnt want to admit the severity of the situation George Zimmerman had to deal with in his area.
The media is very much in support of the maurauding gang of troubled teens and has no empathy for those whose homes are being burglarized while the police do nothing to help.
If trayvon had been taught to be polite and keep his hands to himself, he would still be alive today.
The Martins/fultons should be in jail for their many lies and manipulations of the justice system (as well as their negligence parenting).
The news media will only be able to keep up this charade for a little while longer.
Trayvon was no altar boy, he was no role model. George Zimmerman is a hero (not because he shot a young troubled teen who viciously attacked him for no reason starting with a cheap shot as part of the knockout game (having the police called on you is no reason to feloniously assault the neighborhod watch guy even if you are black and feel entitled).
When this case falls apart like duke lacrosse, we can all rejoice and be happy justice was finally done despite the racist black panthers and the feds who refuse to do anything about the virulent black racists

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