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Stand Your Ground

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Change My Mind Debate: Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed?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Should 'Stand Your Ground' laws be repealed?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.

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 ...

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, 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."

Romney's NRA Courtship Poses Risks

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Running for the Senate in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney once assured voters in a state with strong gun-control laws: "I don't...

Bloomberg Launches Campaign Against 'Stand Your Ground' Gun Laws

AP | STACY ANDERSON | Posted 04.12.2012 | New York

WASHINGTON -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a national campaign against gun laws that he said "justify civilian gun play." Bloomberg was ...

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.

Stand Your Ground: 'We Don't Think It's A Thing We Can Tweak'

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 04.09.2012 | Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A task force examining Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law was told Thursday that the Trayvon Martin shooting is o...

Amanda Terkel

Kraft Quits 'Stand Your Ground' Law Backer | 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 | 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 | 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.