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28 March 2012

Legislators Who Target "Stand Your Ground" Laws Disgrace Trayvon Martin's Memory

Two Georgia lawmakers, state Representatives Alisha Thomas Morgan and Rashad Taylor, are pledging to introduce a bill that would repeal the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

The two Democrats told reporters the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin inspired them to propose a repeal of the statute that allows law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their homes, and their property.

At the risk of being repetitive, I'll say once more that "Stand Your Ground" provides additional legal protections to law-abiding citizens who may use force (including deadly force) in self-defense. "Stand Your Ground" gives an individual immunity from criminal prosecution and civil liabilities if that individual injures or kills while in defense of self or others; or while in defense of property other than a habitation.

"Stand Your Ground" had nothing to do with Trayvon Martin. Yet we have these two lawmakers stretching their imagination to the point where they believe the "Stand Your Ground" law on the books is the reason why Trayvon is dead.

These two lawmakers, Representatives Morgan and Taylor, disgrace Trayvon Martin's memory by making a connection to "Stand Your Ground" that isn't there. Morgan and Taylor disgrace Trayvon's memory by politicizing his death; and using his memory to push legislation that restricts the free exercise of 2nd Amendment rights by law-abiding citizens.

If Representatives Morgan and Taylor were truly inspired by Trayvon Martin's death, they would pursue justice, not politics. The pursuit of justice is the best way to honor Trayvon's memory, and everyone would be best served to commit the following three words to memory:

Justice, not politics.