Policy Round Up: Gun Control
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With the recent ruling in the George Zimmerman case debates on race relations have filled the headlines, along with heated commentary about the future of gun control legislation. Florida resident, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin after pleading self defense. Zimmerman’s lawyers argued that under the Stand Your Ground laws of Florida Zimmerman was completely justified in shooting the unarmed teen. This incident has fueled a great deal of controversy over the legitimacy of Stand Your Ground and gun control laws in the United States as a whole. Nationally, the Zimmerman trial has managed to push gun control back to the forefront of public policy discussions.
“On the night of February 26th, 2012, what did Trayvon Martin need that he didn’t have? A loaded gun! After all, as the NRA pointed out earlier this week, having acess to a gun and being able to “stand your ground” is a human right”
Read the full article in TruthOut.
“Members of the Congressional Black Caucus urged President Obama to take action on gun control legislation Tuesday at their first meeting with the president in more than two years. Obama “reaffirmed his commitment” to the issue during the White House meeting, one administration official said. The president told the lawmakers that he will focus on gun violence and acknowledged the problem wasn’t just about tragic events like the one in Newtown, Conn.,where 20 children and six educators were killed by a lone gunman in December.”
Read the full article in The Hill.
Ben Jacob reveals that despite the Zimmerman ruling federal courts throughout the country have yet to back gun control legislation
“While the Travyon Martin verdict may have created a media feeding frenzy around Florida’s years-old “Stand Your Ground” law, federal courts across the country have handed down three significant decisions this month that have buoyed gun control proponents.”
Read the full article in The Daily Beast.
Marc Caputo argues that it will be almost impossible to get rid of Stand Your Ground laws in Florida
George Zimmerman is not guilty. Trayvon Martin is dead. Now Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is back on trial in the court of public opinion. Count on a hung jury.There’s just too much raw, partisan emotion surrounding too many intractable issues (guns, rime, race) for any major consensus.And if the Florida Legislature actually reviews any legislation that makes the case to change the self-defense law, an acquittal is likely.
Read the full article in Miami Herald.