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Trayvon Martin’s mother, black lawmakers push repeal of Stand Your Ground

by Dara Kam | January 16th, 2013

Sybrina Fulton joined two Democratic state lawmakers pushing a repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law invoked by George Zimmerman, neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Fulton’s 17-year-old unarmed son Trayvon Martin nearly one year ago.

Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, and Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, have filed a proposal (HB 4009) that would strip the 2005 law from the books. Martin’s shooting sparked a national outcry that focused a spotlight on Florida’s first-in-the-nation law allows people to use deadly force if they feel threatened and provides immunity from prosecution.

“How many lives do we have to lose? How many children have to be killed? How many times are we going to bury our loved ones and not do anything about it? It is important that we do something about this law. As a parent I just don’t quite understand how someone can be a make-believe cop, pursue my son who had every right to be in that neighborhood, chase him, get in a confrontation with him, shoot and kill him and not be arrested,” Fulton said at a press conference in the Capitol on Wednesday. “Something has to be done. We have to put our collective minds together and we have to strategize and we have to make changes to this law. We need to get rid of this law. We need to do something seriously about this law. As a parent, I wouldn’t want you to stand I my shoes. Because it is hard. It’s difficult.”

Zimmerman was arrested 44 days after the Feb. 26 shooting after Gov. Rick Scott appointed a special prosecutor in the case. Trayvon Martin would have been 18 years old on Feb. 5, Williams noted.

Fulton’s lawyer Benjamin Crump called the law vague and confusing for law enforcement officials and should be repealed.

“Every Tom, Dick and Harry who kills somebody is saying I was standing my ground,” Crump said.

Scott appointed a task force to look into the law. Their recommendations include minor tweaks to the law but no major overhaul, and it is unlikely that the GOP-controlled legislature will take it off the books.

Sen. Oscar Braynon, a Miami Gardens Democrat who represents the district in which Fulton lives, blasted Scott’s task force for failing to appoint open critics of the law, including himself, and failing to hold a meeting in his district.

“Get rid of the law,” he said.

Bullard acknowledged that the NRA’s influence could make the repeal a difficult sell.

But, he said: “How many people have to die in order to make a change?”

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16 Responses to “Trayvon Martin’s mother, black lawmakers push repeal of Stand Your Ground”

  1. Chris Says:

    You mean “how many criminals need to be shot in self defense” before you get rid of a law that protects people? Face it, your Son attacked someone. Regardless if Zimmerman was a racist, regardless if he was “following” him, regardless if profiled him. At the end of the day your Son physically attacked another man, and in the process that man defended himself by shooting your Son. Repealing this law is a victory for criminals, not law abiding citizens.

  2. suzie Says:

    Chris you are a complete idiot. do you have any kids? i am pretty sure you a racist bastard. i hope that guy burns in hell and you too for saying that about him if you want to call someone shooting a kid defending then you are a reason why people are murdering others and calling it so called self defense sweety go to church and ps. if you want to throw racist comments go ahead i am white and i know whats right and wrong.. moron if you had kids yyou would be doing the same thing if that happen to your child have a heart but knowing you people all you care about is your self

  3. Barack Says:

    If I had a penis I’d look like Michelle.

  4. Barack Says:

    get your head out of your a$$ Suzie bee-itch. The boy thought he was a thug but turned out to only be a bullet catcher. Why don’t you move to Riviera Beach and tell us how the natives treat you. Fa-Shizell.

  5. Michelle Says:

    Where be my Obamaphone Barack?

  6. greg Says:

    suzie don’t bother. there are so many racist idiots in this country you are wasting your breath. everybody seems to be afraid of something. blacks, government, democrats, tea party… this country the mantra is…if you’re afraid of it, shoot it.

  7. Barack Says:

    Lookie here girl, get off your big a$$ and get me a grape soda. Then, maybe a phone for you, fool.

  8. Barack Says:

    Greg- you’re an idiot. The President is a moron. If that’s racist then go eff yourself. The mantra from the left is demonize everyone and payoff the moron class with foodstamps and free stuff paid for by people who work. When’s the last time you been to Riviera Beach fool? name me a single neighborhood that went from white to black that didn’t become a ghetto. Now shut up fool

  9. Michelle Says:

    Greg you are just a fool white boy. Barack thanks you for your vote. Now shut up and pay your fair share so more folk can go on food stamps.

  10. rb Says:

    Why is Chris considered to be racist? He used the word ” criminals “.. nothing to do with the color of ones skin. I happen to agree with him. These saggy pants, hoody wearing, thug wannabes ask for it. They terrorize our neighborhoods.. they think they rule everything and every one. They are all the same whether they are black, white, hispanic, oriental or heinz 57. Its not a racial thing.. it’s the life style these moronic CHILDREN choose for themselves. If law abiding citizens would stop bowing down to these cretins and fight back.. after a few “gangstas” are buried.. maybe the rest of us will feel safe in our homes and on the streets.

  11. Kevin Says:

    Just because Zimmerman’s lawyer is claiming his client is innocent under the provisions of stand you ground doesn’t make it so. It seems that law enforcement is also not buying it either since he’s under house arrest. However if someone was banging my head against the sidewalk and I had a gun I would shoot as well. If someone broke into my house while I was home I would shoot to kill without hesitation. The politico’s have indoctrinated this grieving woman to use as their pawn. You just don’t know who’s packing heat these days so you don’t go around starting physical altercations with someone without taking that risk. Treyvon did a really stupid thing. Small unarmed white people don’t start crap with hooded black men in dark alleys. He should have known he was armed and just kept walking.

  12. autumn Says:

    12% dominate the rest of the country. Now the 12% want to say that the rest of the country can’t defend themselves in their own homes against those who, knowing the majority are disarmed and defanged, are the perfect victims for the minority who commit most of the crimes?
    Is this America or Nazi Germany? Don’t answer, I already know.

  13. Skeptical Says:

    The facts of the case show that George Zimmerman did NOTHING illegal. He had (justified) suspicions about the feral felon, drug addict, violent thug responding to the name Trayvon Martin, he called 911, and he was attacked withing minutes of the police arriving by the badly educated, wild beast. The victim was in a classical situation of self-defense and put the attacker six feet under, with a single bullet, as anyone should have. Trayvon Martin was no Skittle-carrying little girl, he was a feral wannabe murderer, who was rightfully killed while he was trying to bang the victim’s head to the death.

    Bottom line: the persecutors will NEVER be able to find an assembly of Florida citizens dumb enough to unanimously condemn an innocent man for having exercised his right to self-defense, in disposing of a sinister thug who is now safely and properly located six feet under.

    George Zimmerman walks, cashes in on all the morons who slandered him, laughs all the way to the bank. The people responsible for “educating” the felon-in-residence Trayvon Martin should hide their heads in shame, if they have any shame.

    Meantime, supporters of racialist crime will have the option to choke up on their hatred. It couldn’t happen to more deserving people either.

  14. Really Now Says:

    “Just because Zimmerman’s lawyer is claiming his client is innocent under the provisions of stand you [SIC - IT IS "YOUR" NOT "YOU"] ground doesn’t make it so.”

    Of course not. What makes George Zimmerman innocent is the fact that ALL the forensic and corroborating evidence shows that the event was a one-sided physical act of aggression authored by one thug called Trayvon Martin. The aggression might have resulted in the victim’s death, if a providential gun wouldn’t have been used to stop the criminal from achieving his goal.

    PS You are so misinformed that you don’t even know that the defense has never claimed a “stand your ground” defense, but simply a self-defense defense.

  15. Kevin Says:

    @ Really Now: Ok genius, thanks for correcting my typo. If you bothered to absorb the meaning of my post you would realize that I am in favor of stand your ground. I just don’t think that it applies in this situation and neither do his lawyers since they have not claimed that as their defense as you so aptly stated. Why then is the mother championing the repeal of a law that has no bearing in her son’s death? That would lead any reasonable person who is not obsessed with the case to believe that it is being used as his defense. My other point is that Zimmerman had no right to profile this kid and track him down like a dog which resulted in his need to “defend himself”. He was told by the 911 operator to stay back and leave it to the police. But no, he felt 10 feet tall with his big bad gun and decided to play Mr. Policeman. I just happen to be of the opinion that Zimmerman has some culpability here and should pay a price for it. He is not innocent. Man slaughter would be the appropriate charge in this case.

    P.S. Providential gun, are you serious. God had no part in supplying Zimmerman with a firearm that night. I am more inclined to believe the devil was involved in some way. Get real.

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