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Stand Your Ground–Where do the candidates stand?

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Al Sharpton and the National Action Network led a march to the State Capitol this morning to protest ‘stand your ground’ laws. Where do the candidates for Governor stand on this hot button issue? Who’s going to protect the communities that have so much at stake? Please weigh in in the comments below.

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Sharpton: ‘Florida will be ground zero’ in Stand Your Ground fight

“It’s a flawed law,” Sharpton said. “Because you don’t need an actual threat. All you’ve got to do is believe a threat and you can use deadly force.”

Hundreds of marchers are joining the Rev. Al Sharpton, the parents of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis and Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, members of the Dream Defenders and others this morning in opposition to and calling for changes to Florida’s hotly contested “Stand Your Ground” law.

In the fashion of the protest the night the not-guilty verdict against Martin’s killer was delivered, hundreds made their way less than a mile away from the Leon County Civic Center to the Florida Capitol to again urge lawmakers to address the 2005 law.

“It’s a flawed law,” Sharpton said. “Because you don’t need an actual threat. All you’ve got to do is believe a threat and you can use deadly force.”

Those looking for change have been adamant that self-defense laws are applied disproportionately among minority populations and believe force should be used only after all other options have been exhausted.

It allows individuals to use of force to defend themselves if they feel threatened and has been at the root of two high-profile deaths of 17-year-old teens in Florida over the past two years.

Martin’s killer, Sanford neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, was acquitted of second-degree murder by a Seminole County jury in July. Duval County jurors last month declared a mistrial in the murder charge of Davis’ killer, Michael Dunn.

Sharpton said polling Florida legislators in their districts was the first step to national change.

“Florida is the first state to enact the law in 2005,” he said. “We came back to where it started to begin where it will end.”

A full repeal of the law was shot down by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee in November; other bills, still potentially in play in the Legislature, would tweak Stand Your Ground to include, primarily, a necessary obligation to retreat, using force only after that option has been exhausted.

Some of them change the situation that put Zimmerman in the position to pursue Martin. SB 130, by Sen. Chris Smith D- Fort Lauderdale, would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to develop county or municipal police training programs for neighborhood watch programs and not allow immunity to the aggressor in a situation.

The bill had favorable support in the Senate Judiciary Committee in October and has potential to be heard in the Criminal Justice Committee.

A House bill filed by Orlando Democrat Bruce Antone draws a harder line on self defense.

HB 33 allows the use of force, except deadly force and in the case of thwarting a felony, and removes the bar placed on law enforcement from arresting an individual for using force unless there is probable cause the force used was unlawful.

The bill has two more committee meetings and has yet to be heard in the same House Criminal Justice Subcommittee that voted down a full repeal 11-2 in November.

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Another article with great visuals:

Sharpton Says ‘Stand Your Ground’ Started in Fla., Will End There

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  1. Both Democrats have shifted on the issue, but Nan Rich is the only one who is working with the Dream Defenders to overturn “Stand Your Ground” in Florida. Charlie Crist is known as a pro-gun candidate and even appointed NRA favorites to the courts and endorsed “Stand Your Ground” during his previous term as Governor. Nan Rich has made it clear where she currently stands on this essential democratic issue. As usual, we have no idea where Crist truly holds, but based on his record I don’t think anyone can expect him to help overturn it.

  2. Stand your ground is one of the most important issues in our country, and Florida is at the center of it. How we vote in this election will play an enormous role in what happens to the millions of people that are affected by this atrocious legislation. I agree with your overall message that Florida deserves better and I can’t stand the idea of someone who so blatantly favors the gun lobby to take over the running of our state. We are facing huge moral questions here. I don’t get why anyone supports stand your ground and I encourage all my friends and family to take a hard look at what Crist has done on this issue before voting for him.

  3. It is very obvious that Charlie Crist is in the pocket of ALEC, the NRA, and cannot be trusted to vote against Stand Your Ground and protect ALL citizens. Nan Rich has not only been vocal against Stand Your Ground, but stands with the Dream Defenders and others in removing this heinous law.

  4. People do not have issues using whatever means necessary to protect their family from eminent danger; however, the “Stand Your Ground Law” is being used by deranged individuals who chose to take the law into their own hands and administer deadly force to get their point across, when the circumstances indicate their lives are not being threatened. It is important that we keep the ” Stand Your Ground Law” in the forefront, because society has remained on the sidelines when innocent lives have been taken, even though people know from a moral and ethical point the victims had not broken the law, no crime committed, and did not deserve to die. If we forget our history, we must repeat it and this is why it is so important to rally together, march, and let the truth be heard. Word travels fast on social media. Once the truth is placed on center stage for the world to see, the legislature through our demands will have to act responsibly.

  5. Charlie Crist is pro Stand Your Ground?? #scary #outoftouch

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