Help me figure this out.
A lawyer for the man at the center of the Trayvon Martin death investigation said Florida’s “stand your ground” law doesn’t apply to the shooting that killed the unarmed teen.
“In my legal opinion, that’s not really applicable to this case. The statute on ‘stand your ground’ is primarily when you’re in your house,” said Craig Sonner, attorney for George Zimmerman.
“This is self-defense, and that’s been around for forever — that you have a right to defend yourself. So the next issue (that) is going to come up is, was he justified in using the amount of force he did?” — myfox8.com
And yet, with two notable exceptions, the hue and cry across the land is all about Florida’s SYG and the 20 other states with similar statutes. The two odd men out are Newt Gingrich and Geraldo Rivera. Newton Leroy thinks the president’s remark, “If I had a son, he would like Trayvon” is “race-baiting” and “disgraceful.” Really. He did. If I had a pig, he’d look just like Newton Leroy. Meanwhile, Geraldo blames the kid’s death on his choice of clothes. Remind me again –Why the hell does anybody ever listen to that man’s grunts?
But for the most part, it’s all about the ramifications of Stand Your Ground. If I understand the news reports, it was the Sanford police who invoked SYG, using that as the legal basis for not arresting Zimmerman. But this has the bill’s backers playing defense, saying both that there’s nothing wrong with SYG, and it’s irrelevant anyway. Even former governor Jeb! Bush, who signed the bill into law, weighed in:
“Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back,” Bush said while visiting a university campus in Texas. [via]
See? Jeb! and the NRA were thinking the law would protect people like Teri Schiavo– if only she had a weapon, she might have held off having her plug pulled by evil liberals and family members.
It’s important to remember that in 2005, SYG was passed unanimously by the Florida Senate. 39-0. Not even the Peyton Manning-less Colts got beat that badly. How did this happen?
Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, tried changing the bill before the vote so that it would not apply to public places. The Senate voted down his amendment in minutes. The vote to pass the bill was then unanimous, with Democrats, including Sen. Rod Smith, currently chair of the Florida Democratic Party, voting yes.
“We’d be seen as Democrats soft on crime,” Geller explained, according to an account from the Associated Press. —politifact
Good work, Steve. You properly comprehend that Florida voters will tolerate spinelessness more readily than softness, and that when it comes to our own safety we’re too stupid to differentiate knee-jerk idiocy from sensible policy. Oh, and that you and your fellow ‘Crats in the Lege lack the articulation skills to make your case, let alone stand for a principle.
Nothing new here, folks. Nothing to see. Just move along, and try not to kick the dead body of the teen in the hoodie.