National AP News | WCTV Eyewitness News: Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta

Obama Questions Wisdom Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is questioning whether "stand your ground" laws contribute to peace and security and "order we want to see."

Florida protesters have urged repeal of the state's "stand your ground" measure since George Zimmerman was found not guilty in teenager Trayvon Martin's death.

Obama questioned Friday whether Martin would have been found justified in shooting Zimmerman if he'd been of age and armed.

Obama suggests other measures that communities should consider in the wake of the verdict, including training for law enforcement on race issues, as with legislation he helped pass as a state senator in Illinois.

He downplays the usefulness of a politically led national conversation on race. But Obama encourages families, churches and workplaces to engage in such discussions.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 216193771