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Stand Your Ground

Most Americans Back Gun Lobby, Right To Use Deadly Force: POLL

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2012 | Black Voices

* 68 pct of Americans have favorable view of NRA * Americans want to be able to defend themselves * Back curbs on automa...

The NRA "Good Guy" You Didn't Hear About

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.13.2012 | Crime
Josh Horwitz

Reflecting on the murder-suicide perpetrated by his friend Landon Jorgensen, ConcealedCarryForum.com owner Nathan Collier said, "Prior to this incident Landon was one of the good guys. He taught people how to protect themselves from these very types of attacks."

Standing Your Ground in the NRA's America

John Rosenthal | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
John Rosenthal

The NRA and their indentured servants in Congress and State Legislatures are simply more concerned with selling guns and preserving their power than in public safety and social justice.

In Latest Show of Extremism, the NRA Hosts a Muslim-Basher

Mark Potok | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Mark Potok

This Sunday in St. Louis, the NRA plans to host retired Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, a radical Islamophobe who has said there should be "no mosques in America," as keynote speaker of a prayer breakfast at its annual conference.

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.

'OSU Stand Your Ground': Students Demand Change After Hate Crimes

Emily Spencer | Posted 06.09.2012 | College
Emily Spencer

Administrators, faculty, and community members spoke first -- driving home the point that hate crimes would not be tolerated in "our house", referring to Ohio State, and beseeching the students to organize themselves and to appeal to the university to do something about it.

Questions Surrounding the Trayvon Martin Case

Etan Thomas | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Etan Thomas

If a black man appointed himself captain of his neighborhood watch group and said he saw a suspicious looking white man and ended up shooting and killing him, would he be in jail right now?

Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin Stops at Florida's Seminole County Grand Jury: What Happens Inside? (VIDEO)

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 06.08.2012 | Crime
Tanya Young Williams

As in other cases brought before it, this grand jury has a very serious task at hand; however, this time, the whole country is watching and waiting.

Corporations Learn That ALEC Is Bad for Business

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

After years of working behind the scenes, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is being noticed by more and more Americans, and the public doesn't much like what it sees.

Amanda Terkel

Kraft Quits 'Stand Your Ground' Law Backer

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from the advocacy group ColorofChange, Kraft Foods Inc. said Thursday night it would end its support for the American Leg...

Dan Froomkin

Move To Shame Corprations Funding Right-Wing Social Agenda Notches 2 Victories

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Succumbing to pressure from public interest groups, Coca Cola and Pepsico have severed their ties to the American Legislative Exchange C...

Jennifer Bendery

Congressional Black Caucus Introduces Trayvon Martin Resolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus unveiled a resolution on Wednesday that honors the life of Trayvon Martin and calls for the repeal of "St...

In Memory of Trayvon Martin: Stand Your Ground to Stop the Violence

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 06.03.2012 | Crime
Sarah van Gelder

The killing of Trayvon Martin is part of a horrific history -- one that can only be stopped if all of us, of all colors, take a stand.

Constitution Check: Is There a Constitutional Right to "Stand Your Ground"?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

As of now, "stand your ground" laws are a matter of state law only, but could in time provide the means to implement a right nationwide if self-defense were ultimately to emerge as a guaranteed right under the Constitution.

Trayvon Martin: Between 'Whitening' and Bad Law

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

Stand Your Ground is simply an ill-conceived, dangerous and irresponsible law that threatens all Americans far more than it protects them.

Shooting to Kill

The Daily Princetonian | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
The Daily Princetonian

Disregarding the importance of race is tantamount to disregarding the important of emotions. We cannot change -- at least not with great speed or conviction -- our visceral response to race.

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" -- ...

Clinton Voices Opinion On Stand Your Ground Law

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton called for a "reappraisal" of Florida's Stand Your Ground law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, during an inte...

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...

Racism without Racists: George Zimmerman and the Conundrum of Modern Bigotry

Edward Wyckoff Williams | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices
Edward Wyckoff Williams

The conundrum of racism without racistscreates a society in which black males are perceived always and everywhere as the perpetrator, never given the dignity applied to a victim.

ANOTHER Student Newspaper Runs Controversial Trayvon Martin Cartoon

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.02.2012 | College

Students on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are condemning a controversial editorial cartoon that ran in the student new...

How Our Nation Can Protect Children, Not Guns

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's shameful that when child and teen gun deaths are compared in 23 high-income countries, 87 percent of all children under 15 killed by guns were in the United States. Our gun homicide rate for teens and young adults 15-24 years old was 42.7 times higher than the rate for the other countries combined. There are an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hands in America -- almost one gun per person. Why is the United States alone in allowing this unbridled epidemic of guns and public health hazard all over America to continue? As parents and grandparents and concerned adults and voters, it is up to us to tell our leaders no more.

Justice Through Social Media: The Internet Can Be More Important Than Your Lawyer, the Government, and the Police

David Fagin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Crime
David Fagin

If what had happened to Trayvon Martin happened in the 1960's or 70's, odds are you wouldn't even know who he is. There'd be no marches, no rallies, n...

What the NRA's "Founder" and George Zimmerman Have in Common

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

If Harlon Carter, Ted Nugent, and other NRA peddlers of vigilantism wanted a poster boy for their ideas about justice and the "rule of law," they have certainly found one in George Zimmerman.