Shooting death of black teen puts Florida law back under spotlight

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WallyGeez wrote:

I’m sure the anti-gun leftists would have been completely silent if the 3 “youths” would have gunned down the 45 year old white guy.

Nov 28, 2012 8:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Actually it was 2 black youths about a year ago in NY and they killed an 86 year old white man for his wallet and no there was never one word from the left.

Nov 28, 2012 9:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Evo1 wrote:

This has nothing to do with Florida law. If the teenager had a shotgun, as the shooter is claiming, then he would be justified under the laws of every state in the country in shooting him. If he did not, then he would be guilty of murder under the laws of every state, including Florida. Florida’s law is not at all unusual. Most states have some form of a ‘stand your ground’ law. California, the state with gun control laws rated the very strictest by the Brady Campaign, recognizes ‘stand your ground’ as their law, and has for far longer than Florida has had such a law. The US Supreme Court has ruled, multiple times, for over 150 years, that ‘Stand Your Ground’ is the basic legal principle in self-defense under US law.

In fact, the phrase ‘Stand Your Ground’, and the basic wording of Florida’s law, both come directly from one of those Supreme Court cases. And until Florida passed the law just 5 years ago, the state had one of the strictest self-defense laws in the country. The new law didn’t make Florida’s laws more lax than the rest of the country, it brought it in line with the rest of the country. Florida’s law just gets so much criticism because it’s new, even though it is basically the same as the law in the vast majority of the other states, which have had such laws for decades.

Nov 28, 2012 11:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fr0ntSight wrote:

Was this really news worthy?

Nov 29, 2012 12:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fr0ntSight wrote:

Was this really news worthy?

Nov 29, 2012 12:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
ccharles wrote:

Appearently they have this shooting on film, so there shouldnt be any lack of information… but of course there is. Did the SUV leave the scene? Are they sure there wasnt any weapons in the SUV? That the most important aspect of this and they are being vague on the point, as usual.

Nov 30, 2012 6:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
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