The Blight Continues: Politicization
April 1, 2012 Leave a comment
On March 24 (quote below) I wildly speculated that the next step in the grieving process would be that the conservatives who put in place the “stand your ground” law would start to distance themselves from cases like George Zimmerman. They’d say it can’t apply to him. That the NRA-types who passed this law would fear for their political existence because of the overwhelming public outrage here. It took little longer than a week to prove that cynical assertion right.
What does it mean that the Governor opposed the “stand your ground” law being applied to this case? It means that the conservatives who put in place the “stand your ground” law are terrified. It means if that law is successfully used to defend Zimmerman, if the “stand your ground” law works here, these NRA conservatives and the governor will eat crow all the way to the ballot box.
This Sunday’s TBT outlined a few instances where these NRA-types are furiously backpedaling in vain. Where it’s perfectly clear in situations ever more outrageous than Trayvon Martin’s that you can arm yourself, chase someone down, confront them, provoke a fight and shoot them dead and get off scot-free.
Durell Peaden, the former Republican senator from Crestview who sponsored the bill: “The guy lost his defense right then. When he said, ‘I’m following him,’ he lost his defense.”
Jeb Bush, the governor who signed the bill into law: “Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back.”
But, the TBT argues, the politicians responsible for Florida’s “stand your ground” law are wrong:
Since its passage in 2005, the “stand your ground” law has protected people who have pursued another, initiated a confrontation and then used deadly force to defend themselves.
I encourage you to read the full piece over at the Tampa Bay Times for each case disproving these opportunistic politicians.