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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Senators bicker over state stand your ground laws

The Senate is debating stand your ground laws today, and unsurprisingly the parties don't agree upon the laws' utility. The title of this post come from this article, which states:

Senate Republicans and Democrats are debating the merits of state stand your ground laws, with Democrats urging a review and Republicans saying the policy is a matter of self-defense.

Under the gaze of Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, Sen. Dick Durbin opened the hearing by saying the laws have been abused and urging Congress to consider how the policy would affect other gun legislation. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said the laws make possible the right to self defense.

At least 22 states have some form of the law, which generally cancels a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat.

The 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed, was shot in 2012. A jury acquitted George Zimmerman earlier this year, sparking racial tension and debate over the laws.

 

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I hope Trayvon's mother does not have any more kids. The Congress has not business intruding on State Powers to pass laws about self defense. I did not say State's Rights, I said State Powers. The federal sovereignty and the states have "powers" not "rights". People have the right to stand their ground, Dick Durbin or Trayvon's mom to the contrary.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Oct 29, 2013 10:05:42 AM

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