The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has put forth a resolution calling for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws due to the Trayvon Martin shooting. Here's some of the text of that resolution:
Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations into all homicides, regardless of defenses asserted by the offender.
Whereas on February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American youth, was horrifically shot and killed while walking from his local 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, because he was viewed as ‘suspicious' by George Zimmerman …
Whereas Zimmerman's unfounded assumptions and racial bias led to the use of deadly force ….
Whereas Stand Your Ground laws dramatically and recklessly expand the right of citizens to use deadly force in self-defense, and have been the subject of national scrutiny in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death;
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) admonishes any State, local agency, or official acting to obstruct an open investigation or failing to fully execute their official duties in the investigation of the events surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin ….
(5) urges the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law in every applicable State, including Florida.
The CBC's resolution doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Here we have a tragic situation with two different possible scenarios:
1) The CBC version, where Zimmerman the vigilante killed Martin in cold blood because Martin was black.
2) Zimmerman acted in self-defense, as Zimmerman claims he did.
Without taking sides on the case, because I wasn't there, some evidence conflicts, and I'm not certain what really happened...
What if the CBC version is the correct one, and Zimmerman gunned down Martin because Martin was black ? If so, Zimmerman the vigilante aggressor isn't protected by Stand Your Ground law at all. Stand Your Ground is only for self-defense. So, why is the CBC calling for repeal of a law that is inapplicable according to the CBC's own interpretation of events ?
On the other hand, if Zimmerman's version is the correct one, the Stand Your Ground law saved Zimmerman's life. In that case, is the CBC saying Zimmerman should have died instead of defending himself ?
I'm not following the logic of the CBC.
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