Stand Your Ground Task Force Meets

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL -- May 1, 2012 --

The panel began with a prayer. “Give us insight” says the Reverend RB Holmes.

And instructions from its chair, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll. “This task force is not here to try the Zimmerman/Martin case,” admonished the Task Force Chairman.

The panel soon got bogged down in defining its mission, Officially named the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, the man who sponsored Stand Your Ground felt like the law was being singled out.
“And lets not let this turn into a trial of 776. Lets let it be what it’s supposed to be, a review of citizen safety” said State Representative Dennis Baxley. But the law that delayed the arrest of a neighborhood watch volunteer more than a month is still the focus of the inquiry.

This task force will take its first public testimony at a meeting in June. And at the meeting, Florida’s Prosecuting Attorneys will tell them the law needs to be repealed.

A recommendations isn’t expected until early next year. That concerns State Senator Chris Smith, whose own task force has already recommended changes. We’re going into a summer when people are looking at the state of Florida and deciding, Do I go to Florida? do i go to Disney world? or do I go to Disney Land? And right now, we’ve got numerous emails from numerous accounts from people all around the county that think this law makes us a lawless society in Florida” says Smith.

But the man who represents the area where the original killing occurred, State Representative Jason Broduer says time isn’t important. “Any time you place a priority of speed over content, you get a bad result.”

The next meeting is in Sanford on June 12th. The National Rifle Association, which has so far been silent on Stand Your Ground, sent emails today quoting state legislators who support the law.

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  • by Justice for Zimmerman on May 2, 2012 at 03:29 PM
    What a waste of time, money, and catered lunches, and dinners. Probaly also paying for hotel rooms. I guess it makes them feel important.
  • by Rusty Location: Tallahassee on May 2, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    I just heard this morning on the radio about a young man that was drug from his vehicle by approximately 25-30 youths and beat badly in the name of Martin. If he had been carrying a concealed weapon like I do there would be 25-30 less youths. This crazyness will continue because of Sharpton, Crumb and all the rest of you buttholes that really think you are something but actually are NOTHING.
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      by AD on May 2, 2012 at 02:34 PM in reply to Rusty
      Exactly. I have a feeling that he will be found innocent, but that will not be enough for these lunatics. Then they will say that something was wrong with the trial blah blah blah. They will riot, hurt any person who isn't black (including white ppl who protested beside them), and they will loot- black businesses will fall victim too because these ppl just won't care. I'm glad the house I live in is protected by Beretta :)
  • by dog Location: gone on May 2, 2012 at 08:11 AM
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    IF Zimmerman did in fact murder Martin, then he will have to deal with the justice system. yeah, he may not have been charged immediately, but he was charged, arrested, and now released on bond. He turned himself in, and has yet tried to flee. There is so much heresay involved in this case and NOT ONE OF US knows what really happened...not one. He is innocent until proven guilty. Stop reading all the BS in the news and let the justice system handle it.
  • by Chicken Gutz on May 2, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    Kiss your little phallic substitutes bye-bye, trailer folk. The handwriting is on the wall. Mitt doen't even like 'em and (hehehehehe) you know where Obama stands.
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      by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM in reply to Chicken Gutz
      What is this thing you have with the Freudian symbolism of guns? Do cars, guitars, knives, chainsaws and water towers also disturb you?
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      by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM in reply to Chicken Gutz
      I bet people who ride motorcycles just annoy the heck out of you.
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      by Anon on May 2, 2012 at 01:24 PM in reply to Chicken Gutz
      Interesting, your outrage over one teenager killed. Go check the stats as far as how many white people are murdered, with everything from rocks to guns, every year by black people for petty street crime. Also interesting you mentioned O-bomb-a (worldwide drone killer of innocent women and children) and Mitt's dislike of guns, both of which rely on guns to protect them every day. You should go take a walk, unarmed, through the projects at 2am and see how it goes for you.
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      by AD on May 2, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to Chicken Gutz
      What is "trailer folk"? Does that mean white people? So does that make you "ghetto trash"? Just wondering....
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      by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 02:46 PM in reply to Chicken Gutz
      After reading a few of your drive by posts, I've come to the conclusion that your screen name is only half right. The first name is correct, the second name should be s**t.
  • by Emma on May 2, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    Who is really going to stop and ponder all of the details of SYG or any other law at a time they feel like their life is threatened? No one! You will act to protect yourself no matter what the law says and then deal with it afterwards. I would rather be alive thank you very much! It's silly to say that people believe Florida is lawless because of this one incident. How about the snipers and campus shootings across the country? Now that is something to feel scared about. Give me a break!
  • by Anne Location: Tallahassee on May 2, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    I asked two difference young "white" males what their reaction would be if they were visiting a relative out of town and went walking in the neighborhood to the store, just strolling, then on the return noticed that a man in a van seemed to be following them. Then the man kept following them, even though they tired to lose them, and the man got of the car still stalking them. Both of these young males said they would be frightened that the stalker meant harm to them, might be going to mug them, would likely confront the stalker, and if they saw a gun they would attempt to overtake them for their own safety. ItIt was Trevor who was being stalked who stood his ground and Zimmerman who was doing the stalking, so it was Trevor who would have been justified in defending himself. Stand your ground was not intended to protect a person who is stalking someone when the stalked person attempts to defend self.
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      by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 09:54 AM in reply to Anne
      good point however you have fell into the media's lies here...after zimmerman was arrested they released the actual 911 tape and transcript where Zimmerman was actually back at his vehicle talking to the dispacther and telling her where he was parked when Martin jumped him. He may have followed him but broke it off and returned to his car parked on the street. I would not have approached the would be stalker but instead ran the other way.
  • by Reasonable Expectation on May 2, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    The U.S. Justice Department provides a breakdown of homicides by the race of both the victim and offender. Looking at the data for 2005 (the latest year available), we find that whites committed 48.0% of all murders and blacks committed 51.2% of all murders. However, whites outnumber blacks in the population. In fact, non-Hispanic whites are about 69% of the population and blacks are about 13%. These statistics alone, shows that blacks are 13% of the population, but commit 51.2% of the murders, indicate that blacks commit a seriously disproportionate number of murders." Yeah, deny my right to aggressively defend myself. I dare you.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    The law is not confusing. These politians are clueless and wasting our time and money. Leave it alone!
  • by Sharon Chase Location: Perry on May 2, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    The comment made about "viewing FLorida as an unlawful state" really offended. We are given the right to bear arms in our constitution yet, we are told how whe and where we can carry them. We also have the GOd given right to protect our lifes,family and property, yet again, we are told how and under what circumstances this can be done. We are so far away from what our founding farthers intended this country to be, because of our "law makers", we are no better off today than the pilgrims were when they left to settle this country. What we all should feel is ashamed that our country has come to this.
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