Stand Your Ground Special Session

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL -- March 27, 2012 --

Wearing a hoodie over his shirt and tie, Representative Dwight Bullard joined House members in a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin. Martin was killed February 26th while walking through a Sanford neighborhood wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

“We continue to morn his untimely death and search for answers,” said Rep. Dwayne Taylor.

His shooter, 28 year-old George Zimmerman, is claiming self-defense. The case has sparked debate over Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, with House Democrats calling for changes to the self-defense statute.

“You can not balance the cost of life, the loss of life against the cost of a special session,” said Rep. Darryl Rouson.

“Someone had mentioned waiting until after the election. That’s totally inappropriate,” said Rep. Perry Thurston.

The number of justifiable homicides has nearly tripled since Stand Your Ground became law in 2005. Representative Dennis Baxley sponsored the bill. He says the number of self-defense shootings has risen because Floridians feel more empowered to protect themselves.

“I think those numbers reflect that the statute works, that in those circumstances when a person is under violent attack they are able to turn the situation around,” said Baxley.

Baxley says Stand Your Ground should not apply in the Martin case, based on what he’s heard. But new information leaked by police suggests Martin may have been beating Zimmerman just seconds before he shot and killed the teen.

As House Democrats continue their calls for a special session to review stand your ground, Republicans want to wait until all the facts behind Martin’s death are revealed before deciding how to move forward.

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  • by Really? Location: Tally on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    Really? This seems bias since they don't do it for everyone. How about a moment of silence for the young kids that where recently killed at Munroe and Tennessee St... Which is truly more tragic? -
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    Whatever happened in Sanford investigate and prosecute if there is suffcient evidence. Stop milking this incident for whatever your reasons. May someone have a moment of silence for the 75 year old man killed in Madison County by a 18 year old. Very few people will likely know the details of this murder. Kind of like the murder at the Madison County Health Department parking lot last year. Yes folks a murder. You probably didn't hear about it. It didn't make national news. It hardly made local news....
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      by if on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM in reply to Jim
      jim-good post true
  • by AwardZimmerman on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:33 AM He deserves an award. I would like to thank you mr Zimmerman . Thank you so much for cleaning up this neighborhood. Also want to apologize for all of the misinformation put out about you.and I'm so sad folks tried to make you out to be something your not,like a racist . He deserves an apology from the media and everyone else who jumped to conclusions
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    Moment of silence in the state capitol for a kid caught w/ jewelry of unexplained provenance and a screwdriver -- got to be a first!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:42 AM in reply to
      The blacks supporting the thief simply because of his skin color should be embarrassed. These lawmakers are fools!
  • by Wanna Sheet on Mar 28, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    I wanna sheet! A white one. To wear as a "hoodie". That would be just fine with the Democrats mentioned in this story and ALL THOSE saying the "hoodie" should have no bearing on this situation . . right? It infuriates me when people like these assume everyone is as pathetically stupid and morally bankrupt as they are. 'course, that is not to say that I do not see how they could think that, they were ELECTED by the like minded after all.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Mar 28, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    Amazing!!!!! These guys sure can jump into action when they want to...leave the law along and just name a building after him...
  • by Anon on Mar 28, 2012 at 05:49 AM
  • by Robby on Mar 28, 2012 at 05:23 AM
    I am a" Southern Whiteboy"I have respect for any person who contributes to society and hatred for anybody that takes away, BLACK or WHITE.I believe in stand your ground.We need to keep trouble out of our neighborhoods. Somehow someone will say that I said Trayvon deserved to die???? No. i did not say that. We need people to have respect for other peoples property and I wish all neighborhoods would have a committee to walk around armed and ask people their business there. Law enforcement is failing miserably at preventing property crimes, they would rather try and fry someone for Marijuana, they have a proven track record of confidential informants losing their lives to pay for their POT WAR! I hope every person that reads this discovers the harmless effects of Marijuana in the privacy of their own home.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 at 05:21 AM
    Everyone is so quick to judge. Can we please get the facts before people take sides? No, because no matter what a black person does, every other black person is on their side. I bet half of them dont even know whats going on. All they heard was a man shot a black boy and call it racim. Did you see all the white people marching to protect Casey Anthony? NO! Because we are smarter than that.
  • by wake up on Mar 28, 2012 at 04:51 AM
    These guys are going to look pretty foolish when the full story comes out. Politicians are so stupid.
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