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Time to Make George Zimmerman Disappear

Gary Stein | Posted 04.14.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

It's time we stop using their names and start substituting their deeds when they are mentioned. Instead of saying "George Zimmerman," let's just say, "that guy who killed Trayvon."

State Senate Panel Approves Controversial Expansion To 'Stand Your Ground' Law

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

The South Carolina Senate Judiciary Subcommittee voted 3-2 Thursday to approve the "Pregnant Women's Protection Act," a measure that would expand the ...

Detroiters Have Killed 7 Home Intruders In 7 Weeks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

A Wednesday shooting in Detroit marks another in a high number of alleged self-defense killings in the city this year. A 47-year-old man on Detroi...

Time to Eliminate, Not Expand Stand Your Ground Defense

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.10.2014 | Crime
Steven Kurlander

The 'warning shot' protection does not extend to felons. Just because they have a criminal record, they can't be afforded the same self-defense privileges as those without a criminal past? That makes no sense, particularly for those convicted many years ago.

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...

You Will Not Believe What Florida Is Doing Now

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

After a Tampa Bay Times' review of 200 cases that involved the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law found an "uneven application" and "shocking outco...

Armed, Locked and Loaded: The Worst and Most Intimidating Gun States

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

No one should feel safe in the following states. These are states with the most Wild West gun laws where you are most likely to encounter someone -- anyone -- with a gun. And it is time to take a stand and do something about it.

Florida Legislature Seeks Compromise On Reform Of 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Reuters | Bill Cotterell | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

MIAMI, March 17 (Reuters) - A legislative committee took a major step toward clarifying Florida's hotly debated 'stand your ground' self-defense law...

Don't Let Georgia Extend 'Stand Your Ground' to Criminals

Lucia McBath | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Lucia McBath

After Georgia passed its Stand Your Ground law, the number of justifiable homicides in our state increased by 83 percent.

Standing on Shaky Ground

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.11.2014 | 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.

Stand Your Ground

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

I think I've found a solution to the debate over open carry laws that will satisfy all sides and answer our many concerns. Get a tank.

Stand Your Ground's Woman Problem: Laws Expanding Self-Defense Raise Questions About Gender as Well as Race

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 03.03.2014 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

Of all the categories of victims who might justifiably agitate for more protection from the law, women facing down abusive partners in their own homes should be at the top of the list. And yet Stand Your Ground laws do nothing to help them. This is not by accident but by design.

Retrial For 'Warning Shot' Could Yield TRIPLE Sentence

AP | Posted 03.03.2014 | Crime

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman could end up in prison for 60 years when she's retried for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged...

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, and Humanizing Our Black Youth

Vincent Intondi | Posted 02.27.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Sixty-two years ago, Ralph Ellison, who would have been 80-years-old this week, wrote those words, and one cannot help but be reminded of them today. That is because, for many, including most mainstream media, black youth are still not seen as children, friends, or siblings.

White Christians: Please Stop Denying Your Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

My privilege smacked me in the face when Jordan Davis was killed. It was in my city... on a street I drive often... at a gas station I've been a patron at. This wasn't something I was removed from. It happened in my hometown.

When Your Color Is a Threat

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

African-Americans are often assumed to be a threat by virtue of their existence. In Dunn's testimony, it's clear that on the day he shot and killed Jordan Davis, he didn't see four teenagers who declined to heed his request that they turn down their music. From his eyes, they were a threat.

A Dozen Things South of Normal in America

Lori Day | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Lori Day

Once in a while, when I least expect it, a window cracks open in my mind and I suddenly see that some news story, some political event, or some aspect...

Justice for Jordan: What the Dunn Verdict Says About Our Culture -- and the Value That We Place on Young Black Males in America

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, fired 10 rounds into a parked SUV after arguing over loud rap music coming from the vehicle with Jordan and three other unarmed African American teenagers inside.

Killed by a Gun

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager he thought seemed "bad" -- this time, because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to music the grownup didn't like. In this outrageous Florida case, a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car. Jurors agreed he faced no threat after he was annoyed by loud music -- coming from a car he had deliberately chosen to park next to -- and then started an argument, pulled a gun on the car's black teens, and fired three shots at the young men inside the car as they tried to drive away from him.

Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin and the American't Dream

Kim Lute | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

At just 17 years old, Jordan Davis died with his back to his killer. He will not graduate college. He will not marry the love of his life. He will not...

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

Lisa Bloom | Posted 02.21.2014 | 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.

It's Time to Separate Race and U.S. Firearms Policy

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

If we can divorce race and firearms, we can talk about racial disparities in America and figure out if we need to create a more just system. And then we can talk about the Second Amendment.

Have Guns Made It Harder for Americans to Walk Away From a Fight?

Mike Weisser | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We can talk and argue all we want about whether Americans are safer if everyone walks around with a gun. But somehow, don't ask me how, too many of us just can't seem to walk away from a fight.

Faulty Florida So Listen Up Young Man

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I remain baffled by the stand your ground law in Florida. Maybe someone can explain it in simple terms to me, because it appears what the state needs is a mind your business law.

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The facts of the case really don't matter anymore, just the feelings and beliefs of the defendant. And when you add the race of the victims into the mix, the disparities in how the law is applied are clear. Basically, if a white man feels or believes he is threatened, regardless of the facts of the case, he can be justified in shooting and killing a black man. The reality of Stand Your Ground laws in Florida and 24 more states is that racial fear and hatred is now legally justified. Black men are always at risk -- as every black parent in this country has told their young boys and as the statistics now bear out.