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Stand Your Ground Laws

Dog The Bounty Hunter Calls Stand Your Ground Laws 'Bull Crap'

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.11.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The world's most famous bounty hunters are taking their crime-fighting team on the road in CMT's "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt." Dog and Beth Chapman wil...

Mass Shooting in Georgia's "Gun Central": A Failed Experiment

Dr. Niaz Kasravi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Dr. Niaz Kasravi

These perverse results from our nation's gun rights experiment should be all the information we need to reevaluate our approach to gun laws.

Janet Mock Sounds Off On Controversial 'Stand-Your-Ground' Case

Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender writer and advocate Janet Mock sounded off on Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced in 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot at he...

Standing on Shaky Ground

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

No longer can we ignore the reality that our children are dying. No longer can we close our eyes to the immense pain and suffering of these grieving parents, siblings and loved ones. No longer can we act as if this doesn't impact us.

4 Reasons Why Stand Your Ground Made a Difference in the Michael Dunn Trial

Lisa Bloom | Posted 04.23.2014 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

Sure, he'll be locked up (at least 60 years for Michael Dunn), but true justice requires a conviction for murder. This did not happen. The reason? Stand Your Ground.

Calling on Leaders to Repeal 'Stand Your Ground'

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Whether it is Florida or any of the other 22 states with these ridiculous and incomprehensible laws on the books, we must push back aggressively and immediately.

The Souls of Black Folk and the Shame of the Dunn Verdict

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Of what value is the soul of an African American teenager? Today, in America, it seems like there is not an equality of souls, of human beings, especially when it comes to the lives of young African American men.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Ted Cruz: Stand Your Ground Laws Favor Black Individuals

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz accused lawmakers Tuesday of exploiting the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to advance their own political agenda at a Se...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Trayvon Martin's Mom Pleads With Congress To Revise 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, made an impassioned plea before a congressional committee Tuesday to amend ...

Trayvon's Mother Calls For States To Clarify Stand Your Ground Laws

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, is telling a Senate panel Tuesday that states must clarify their "stan...

U.S. Self-Defense Laws Result In More Justifiable Homicides

Reuters | Barbara Liston | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Killings deemed justifiable rose sharply in states where Stand Your Ground self-defense laws allow individuals who claim ...

Jennifer Bendery

Trayvon Martin's Mom To Testify About 'Stand Your Ground'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sybrina Fulton, whose teenage son Trayvon Martin was gunned down last year by a man who claimed he was acting in self-defense, will test...

Over a Year and a Half After Trayvon Martin's Death, What We Should Focus on

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Shoham Geva

Social justice bloggers across every platform raised serious concerns about our ethics and integrity as Americans. And pretty much everyone missed the point.

Talib Kweli Joins Dream Defenders' Fight For 'Trayvon's Law'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Black Voices

The fight against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws isn't ending any time soon. Especially not if rapper Talib Kweli and the Dream Defenders have any...

Stand Your Ground Laws or License to Kill Without a Cause?

John Rosenthal | Posted 10.06.2013 | Crime
John Rosenthal

There is no question in my mind that gun ownership is a right in the U.S. But with that right come responsibilities and psychological consequences that are different for everyone.

Trayvon's Parents Renew Appeal

The Orlando Sentinel | Staff Writer | Posted 10.03.2013 | Black Voices

Attorneys for Trayvon Martin's parents on Friday renewed their appeal for changes to "stand your ground" laws around the country, calling them vague a...

Celebrity Florida Boycott List Discredited

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment

Representatives for a number of artists on a purported list of musicians and performers boycotting the state of Florida in the wake of the George Zimm...

Protest Theatrics: Imagine If Jay Z and Beyonce Used Their Economic Power to Fight for Justice, Not Just Tweet About It

Adam Hanft | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Adam Hanft

People who have no power, demonstrate. People who have power -- economic, personal, and social -- apply that power. Every ounce of it. Economic pressure works.

Jay Z, Kanye & More Reportedly Join Florida Boycott (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment

UPDATE: Additional information has come to light which sheds serious doubt on the veracity of a reported list of artists joining Stevie Wonder's boyco...

Elizabeth Warren Questions 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the recently sworn in Ed Markey (D-Mass.) suggested on Monday that state "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws sh...

'Stand Your Ground' Protesters Get Boost From Florida Democrats

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

A group of Florida activists that has been camped out in the state capitol building for nearly a week in opposition to "Stand Your Ground" laws is get...

Despite Outcry, Stand Your Ground Repeals Are Unlikely

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

MIAMI — Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the ...

Laura Bassett

John McCain: Arizona's Stand Your Ground Law Should Be Reviewed

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Sunday that while he does not question the decision of the jury in the Trayvon Martin case, he does think all state...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is calling for a review of the controversial Stand Your Ground laws that were at the heart of the killing of Tray...

Scott Meets With Stand Your Ground Activists After Three Day Protest

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling protesters that he will not ask lawmakers to revamp the state's self-defense laws. Scott...