A Florida Republican believes the prosecutor should have to prove why the victim of a stand-your-ground shooting didn’t deserve to be shot.
Call it karma or irony or kismet or fate. Or call it obscenely predictable. The man who shot at George Zimmerman is claiming self-defense under Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
Now, another white man is walking free after shooting a Black police chief in Oklahoma investigating a possible bomb plot against a Head Start school in the presence of four other law enforcement officers.
The Texas cases are telling in that there are two dead police officers as a result of not identifying themselves as law enforcement while breaking into private residences in the early morning hours. It is also revealing that a grand jury found that a white man who shot and killed what he thought was an armed intruder acted in self-defense, while a Black man in identical circumstances is charged by a prosecutor with capital murder and faces the death penalty.
There is a troubling new justification for the right to keep and bear arms the NRA supports and it is entrapping suspected burglars and gunning them down in cold blood with impunity as part of the NRA-written and ALEC proposed "stand your ground" or "Castle Doctrine" laws.
Truth be told, the real trial and victor in the Trayvon Martin killing was not George Zimmerman, but the NRA authored and ALEC legislated the "Castle Doctrine Act" that has been acquitted.
Zimmerman was acquitted before opening arguments because the case law shows that concepts like stand your ground only apply to certain people.
The Florida man who shot a teenager because he felt threatened by the teen's play of loud music is changing his story so that it will fit a stand your ground defense.
According to Witness #9, George Zimmerman is not only a racist, but a child molester as well.
The underlying message in Florida is clear. Stand your ground is a license to kill someone only if you are a man. Stand your ground doesn't apply to women and minorities.
Stand Your Ground, a law lobbied hard by the NRA and supported by Wal-Mart may have backlash according to an attorney for the State of California.
There is no reason for ALEC to promote the Castle Doctrine in 24 states except to allow racists to kill people of color.
It is not a stretch to imagine that ALEC has deliberately sought to arm as many disgruntled Americans as possible and given them legal cover to “defend their liberty” from the overreaching government.
Michele Bachmann tried to defend Newt Gingrich's comments about the shooting of Trayvon Martin by accusing people of imagining what happened.
Rachel Maddow pointed out that no matter what the people want, we can't even have a dialogue about gun laws because the gun lobby always gets its way.
If George Zimmerman is not prosecuted, how many extremists will see this as license to declare open season on your son, your daughter, your husband, your wife?