• Why the NRA wants us to talk about race . . .
    posted by Mike McClellan at 9 April, 6:57 AM  0 
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    The Trayvon Martin death has led to all kinds of protests.

     Protests about Zimmerman.  Protests about how the Sanford, Florida, police treated the case.  Intimations that the police and Zimmerman saw color more than anything else.

     Which is exactly what the NRA wants the focus to be.

     Not on one of their pet laws, Stand Your Ground.

     That seems to be pushed to the background.  Just where the NRA wants it.

     But shouldn’t we confront that law, one of the many that has led to a more weaponized country?

     In the last three years, our country’s gun laws have become increasingly lax, including the Stand Your Ground one.

     A law 22 states, including Arizona, have (you can read Arizona’s version here).

     But there’s been little discussion of its purpose, which appears to be an almost carte blanche for shooting someone.

     All a shooter has to do is prove that he was in fear of death.

     How do police and prosecutors disprove it?

     In Florida, gang members have used it to justify shootings.  As have other criminals.  And prosecutors have expressed frustration with the breadth of the law.

     A law Arizona mimics, in part because of the NRA’s influence here.

     But mum’s the word about the law.  No one — no columnist, no editorial, certainly no politician — has questioned Arizona’s law.

     Why?  Good question. 

     

     



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