By Elizabeth Nickerson
July 15, 2013
Tallahassee, FL--"We the jury find George Zimmerman not guilty."
Those words have changed the way Florida will now interpret stand your ground and self-defense laws, according to the NAACP's Tallahassee Branch President, Dale Landry.
"We don't need stand you ground here in the state of Florida, so that is going to be the other thing we are getting ready to do," said Dale Landry from the NAACP, President of the Tallahassee Branch. "We got to turn out to vote and help protect our citizens and protect our children."
"I would feel like that our self-protection laws are very meaningful and I think the statistics show us that if you empower people to stop violent acts they can, they will and they have." Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley.
However, Landry argues that self-protection does not allow you to pursue and provoke other people.
Florida's law says people can defend themselves with force if they feel threatened in their home, business, car, or a place where they "have a legal right to be."
The law also states "a person has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force."
Stand your ground law remains a hot button topic for both sides of the issue. The NAACP is looking into having a town hall meeting in Tallahassee to talk about stand you ground law and the effects it has on the children of the community.
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