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Shoot First

Jan Diehm

LOOK: 'Shoot First,' Explain Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Black Voices

George Zimmerman's defense lawyers did not invoke Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law in his criminal trial, but his "justifiable use" of deadly force, ...

'Stand Your Ground' Should Be Repealed

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Dunn claims he acted in self-defense, and that he felt "threatened" before opening fire on the vehicle. His attorney argues that Dunn "acted responsibly." He is now calling on a legal hook for his view that his actions were warranted: Florida's deeply misguided "stand your ground" law.

Why the NRA Wants the Trayvon Martin Case to Go Away

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In a real sense, Trayvon Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman exposes the mythology of the NRA's core narrative about guns and self-defense.

George Zimmerman Had Accomplices. Shame We Can't Arrest Them Too

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

Don't get me wrong, I blame George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. But I also blame the NRA and the politicians who do their bidding for putting the gun in his hands.

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.

Meet George Zimmerman: He Is the NRA

Daniel Gross | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

Much more so than any of the shills the NRA had promoting their agenda in their big budget propaganda campaign, George Zimmerman is the embodiment of the gun lobby and its vision for America.

Arming Zimmerman

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, recently told reporters of his son's murder: "There is no justice in this." And even if George Zimmerman were ultimately to be convicted, Tracy Martin will still be right, because his son will still be lost to him as a result of ill-advised and reckless changes to Florida law in the past. Meanwhile, the NRA continues its push to arm civilians by liberalizing the use of lethal force. Four states now allow citizens to carry loaded guns in public with no permitting, screening or training. Until this lethal agenda is countered by Americans of conscience, the inevitability of future Trayvon Martins will hang over America like a funeral shroud.