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Stand Your Ground Laws

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...

Eric Holder Strongly Criticizes Stand Your Ground Laws, Opens Up About Trayvon Martin Case

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday strongly criticized stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger ...

Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida After Zimmerman Verdict

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment

Stevie Wonder told a crowd on Sunday that he won't perform in Florida until the state repeals its controversial Stand Your Ground laws, effectively bo...

Zimmerman Verdict Renews Debate Over 'Stand Your Ground'

stateline | Maggie Clark | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Bloomberg: Zimmerman Verdict Shows 'Stand Your Ground' Must Go

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement Sunday reacting to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin,...

Killers With Concealed Handguns: George Zimmerman Isn't the Only One

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The court case that opened this week has dramatically exposed the consequences -- as tragic as they are shocking -- of allowing virtually anyone to carry a concealed handgun in public.

Amanda Terkel

Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racially Discriminatory?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted on Friday to launch an investigation into whether "Stand Your Ground" laws around the country ...

John Celock

Stand Your Ground Repeal Called Anti-Women

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

The Democrat-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives voted narrowly Wednesday to approve legislation that would repeal the state's Stand You...

Don't Ignore the Evidence: Stand Your Ground Is Bad for Florida

David Hemenway, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Miami
David Hemenway, Ph.D.

Have Stand Your Ground laws had some beneficial impact by allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves? The evidence doesn't show that. The Task Force meeting this month should seriously examine the scientific evidence. Lives depend on it.

Floridians Divided Over Stand Your Ground Laws

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 06.12.2012 | Black Voices

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly 6,600 emails gathered by a task force looking into Florida's self-defense laws have been filled with passionate responses ...

Huge Precedents in 'Stand Your Ground?' Will Zimmerman Be Next?

Martin Luz | Posted 07.17.2012 | Crime
Martin Luz

What will be the future of Stand Your Ground laws? It looks like the courts may be working their way toward clearer guidelines for when and how it applies.

Trayvon Martin's Mother Releases A Mother's Day Video

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 05.11.2012 | Black Voices

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, released a Mother's Day video urging viewers to press lawmakers to reconsider their support for controve...

Meet The NRA's Top Lobbyists, A 4-Foot-11 Grandma

Bloomberg | Michael C. Bender | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

The woman responsible for many of the nation's most permissive gun laws is a 4-foot-11, 73-year-old grandmother who carries a Smith & Wesson .38 Speci...

Trymaine Lee

Fla. Mom Faces Mandatory Prison Sentence Despite 'Stand Your Ground' Defense (UPDATE)

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

UPDATE: A judge denied Marissa Alexander a new trial Thursday morning for the 2010 shooting, The Florida-Times Union reports. EARLIER: It took near...

Reviewing the Bidding About "Stand Your Ground"

Dennis Santiago | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

Should the expectation of tolerance and civility between citizens become a renewed priority of American domestic policy?

Congressional Candidate: ALEC Is 'Part Of The Problem'

Goose Creek Patch | Greg Hambrick | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics

S.C. legislators are calling for their co-workers in the state's General Assembly to distance themselves from the American Legislative Exchange Counci...

Dan Froomkin

Corporate Lobby Group Retreats Under Pressure

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial corporate-sponsored lobbying group whose push for "stand your ground" gun l...

Change My Mind Debate: Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed?

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 04.13.2012 | Miami
Michael R. Bloomberg

Should 'Stand Your Ground' laws be repealed? Join the debate here, and see if anyone can change your mind.

DEBATE: Bloomberg vs. Blackwell Over 'Stand Your Ground'

Posted 04.13.2012 | Miami

Few people would argue against a person's right to defend themselves in their own homes if an intruder burst through the door. But does a law like ...

Indiana Gun Sale Surge? Some Stores Running Out Of Ammo

Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

Gun demand in Indiana is reportedly so high that some stores are running out of ammunition or firearms altogether. According to the FBI, the number...

The Truth About "Stand Your Ground" Laws

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.10.2012 | Crime
Ken Blackwell

Some are exploiting the Trayvon Martin shooting to target self-defense laws that protect innocent lives. These laws safeguard law-abiding and peaceable citizens, and are not to blame in the tragic Florida incident.

How Are ALEC Laws Undermining Our Democracy?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Anti-democratic legislation written by ALEC is pushed onto conservative members of state legislatures who propose them for passage verbatim, sort of reminding one of a junkie who can't quite kick the habit.

Corporations Plus NRA Equals Gangsterism

Harlan Green | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

It's neither an accident nor a surprise that the National Rifle Association and ALEC have been close allies all along." It has become a symbol of opposition to government, in other words, as an argument for fewer laws and regulations.

Jennifer Bendery

Gun Control Group Launches Petition: 'Freedom To Buy Skittles Without Getting Shot'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major gun control group on Monday launched a nationwide petition to Congress -- "The Freedom To Buy Skittles Without Getting Shot" -- ...

WATCH: Bill Kristol Rips Trayvon Martin Coverage

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 04.01.2012 | Media

Conservative pundit Bill Kristol on Sunday criticized media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. “It was right to raise alarms at first but now i...