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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Attempts to repeal "Stand Your Ground Laws" are Ridiculous.

Attempts to repeal the "Stand Your Ground Laws" over Zimmerman are boldfaced in their ridiculousness. 

Firstly, proponents of the repeal claim that it hurts African Americans, and is unreasonable.  The reality is that SYG laws help innocent civilians - especially African Americans, and only hurt criminals.  

Secondly, the SYG law was not even used in the Zimmerman trial - it had nothing to do with Zimmerman.

Thirdly, SYG laws MAKE SENSE.  If you are an innocent civilian minding your own business in a place where you have a legal right to be, you should be able to defend yourself from an attacker without being legally required to run away to someplace else that you have a legal right to be.

Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate

By 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 has vowed not to perform in the Sunshine State until the law is revoked, have made “Stand Your Ground” a central part of the Trayvon Martin controversy. 
The law was not invoked by Zimmerman’s defense team but was included in instructions to the jury.


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