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Stand Your Ground

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.

Independent 'Stand Your Ground' Review Releases Recommendations

Posted 05.01.2012 | Miami

An independent review panel formed to examine Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law released its recommendations Monday in a 21-page report, citing "overw...

To Stand Or Not To Stand Your Ground: Leviticus 19

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

While the right to self-defense is a principle deeply rooted in Jewish biblical and rabbinic sources, this week's Torah portion actually calls on us to think about how not to stand our ground as we respond to the needs of others.

Teen's Stab Charges Dismissed On 'Stand Your Ground'

NBCMiami | Posted 06.28.2012 | Miami

A 17-year-old skateboarder who was attacked at a Hollywood gas station and then fought back was able to get the charge against him dismissed because o...

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?

Victim of an Unjust Law

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

But because of Florida's inflexible sentencing laws, Marissa Alexander now faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in state prison, despite the fact that she did not harm anyone.

Rick Scott Choice Sparks Outrage

nytimes.com | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics

It is outrageous that some of Florida's most gun-friendly legislators are on a task force appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the Stand Your Groun...

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...

ALEC Hit With Serious Accusation

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Open government advocates accused a conservative legislative group Monday of falsely claiming tax-exempt status while doing wid...

NRA Becomes Toxic When Exposed to Light

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

When exposed to the light, the NRA's agenda becomes toxic. And Americans want nothing to do with those who conspire to bring about the gun lobby's dangerous "guns everywhere" vision they saw played out that February night in Sanford, Florida.

Why Would Dems Take Money from an Organization That Wants to Behead Them?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

How can any Democrat take money from the NRA or accept their endorsement? It's bad enough that the NRA has been in bed with Republicans for decades. Now Ted Nugent is leveraging his position as NRA board member/spokesperson to incite violence against them and their president.

Trayvon Martin and the State of Race Relations

Maya Wiley | Posted 06.19.2012 | Black Voices
Maya Wiley

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a national tragedy and his death has captured the attention of millions. Last week we learned that George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder in Trayvon's killing. It's no time to rejoice.

Hold Onto That Paycheck! ALEC "Sharpens Focus on Jobs"

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

ALEC and the corporations funding ALEC's operations would like to turn back the clock to those good old days when there were no unions and no minimum wage. They must not be allowed to succeed.

Scott Walker Loved Meeting Ted Nugent

Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker attended the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis last weekend where Ted Nugent made threatening remarks abo...

Our Deadly Cocktail

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

America's role in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy goes down as smoothly as any toxic cocktail: one part guns, one part race, one part stress.

The Stealing of America: The Incestuous Relationship Between Government and Corporate America

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Don't let this corporate exodus from ALEC fool you into thinking that these corporations have grown a conscience or that they have given up on influencing the political process.

The NRA Needs to Stand Down on Stand Your Ground

Joe Grace | Posted 06.17.2012 | Crime
Joe Grace

I was in St. Louis this past weekend, where more than 60,000 gun enthusiasts gathered at the NRA's annual convention. What was absent from the NRA convention, however, was any real discussion on the "Stand Your Ground" law.

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...

Florida and Arizona Officially Merge, Plan to Enact Craziest Laws Ever

Spencer Green | Posted 06.16.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a move that had been expected for some time, the states of Florida and Arizona have merged in an effort to consolidate financial resources and to enact a series of laws even more insane than the ones that either state had passed individually.

BATTLEGROUND AMERICA: High-Profile Crimes Haunted By Lax Gun Laws

newyorker.com | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

The United States is the country with the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. (The second highest is Yemen, where the rate is neverth...

NRA Slams Media Over Trayvon Martin

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- A top National Rifle Association official levied sharp criticism against the national media on Saturday, accusing it of sensationalizing ...

ALEC Annoyed at Losing Sponsors? It Breaks My Heart

Mark Engler | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Engler

It is always a pleasure to see a worthy target of activism move from disregard or mockery to going on the attack.

What a Difference a Gun Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's a tragedy that five years after Virginia Tech so little has changed. How many years must we wait until tragic headlines about school shootings, children dying, and people using the "shoot first and ask questions later" defense to take the law into their own hands go away? When will we finally get the courage to stand up as a nation and say enough to the deadly proliferation of guns and gun violence that endanger children's and public safety? As a nation we can't afford to keep waiting for common-sense gun control laws that would protect our children and all of us from indefensible gun violence. The time to act is now.

Civil Rights Leaders Look To Challenging 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 06.13.2012 | Black Voices

MIAMI — The civil rights groups that turned outrage over Trayvon Martin's death into action say their work is far from over now that his killer ...

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.