Unfortunately there always seems to be some tragedy that sparts a movement. Treyvon's murder is bringing to light the injustice of laws written to give citizens too much liberty when it comes to harming others. Protecting yourself is one thing however no law should allow you to pursue someone and deem the victim the threat when the victim is being pursued. It's time to prevent another tragedy like this from occuring.
Very true. Well said.
The case should and is causing a reconsideration of the crackpot NRA/ALEC/Koch "stand your ground laws."
Reply to Bill Keller op-ed in today's NYTimes in which he expressed skepticism of hate crimes legislation. Keller is a nitwit former editor of the NYTimes who supported our foolish, costly invasion of Iraq and editorialized about the "necessary war" in Afghanistan:
In my opinion it's a mistake to lump Tyler's and Trayvon's deaths together. Ravi didn't kill Tyler Clementi although his mean and childish prank may have contributed to his suicide. Zimmerman initiated contact with Trayvon and shot him dead. However, the real culprits are the NRA, ALEC, and the Koch brothers and others who fund their mischief and the gutless legislators and governors in the 25 states which have passed "stand your ground laws," along with members of Congress who have failed to pass and see to the enforcement of effective laws regulating the manufacture, sale, ownership and use of handguns. The notion that arming the public is the best way to assure public safety is ridiculous on its face.
April 2, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
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