Florida Gov. Stands His Ground on state Stand your ground law.

Posted by Bill Bissell, Admin II on July 29, 2013 at 4:03pm in Patriot Action Alerts

Liberal leaning protesters just wasted their time at a "sit in" in Florida. The group known as the Dream Defenders occupied the governor's office lobby, calling for change in the Florida's Stand Your Ground Law.

GOPUSA reports that Governor Rick Scott is in safe ground as a poll shows 50% of the Florida voters don't want it changed. Former Demo Gov.. Charlie Crist who wants to challenge Scott admits it would be close to impossible to change the law.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat who is leaning toward running against Scott, said he would be inclined to call for a special session to modify the law, but acknowledged that resistance in the GOP-led House and Senate would make that close to impossible..
The Dream Defenders do not plan to stop their sit in. I hope they have a lot of spare time because this governor looks like he is stubborn about this commonsense law. What the Dream Defenders are sitting for and what MLK marched for are two different dreams.



Backlash from the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin echoed across Florida on Monday with a call from the leader of a black lawyers' organization to repeal the state's Stand Your Ground law or face a possible economic boycott.

"We are asking the Legislature to turn the pain that parents are feeling into a simple plan — so that our youth will come home every night," said John Page, president of the National Bar Association, an organization that represents African-American lawyers and judges.
Later in the article:
Although Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature has shown little interest in revisiting the 2005 Stand Your Ground law, a group of about 100 protesters continued a sit-in at Florida's Capitol to press their call for a special session to review the law.

The protesters, many of them college students, began their occupation of the building July 16 and have vowed to remain until the law is changed.
To replace the Stand Your Ground law, the activists have proposed "Trayvon's Law," a measure that would address school discipline policies, vigilantism and racial profiling.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the veteran civil rights leader attending the bar association convention, said he supported a boycott of Florida, and asserted that it was underway. He cited musician Stevie Wonder, who has vowed not to perform in the state unless the law is stricken from the books.

"We need to repeal this because it is dangerous," said Jackson.
Jackson said that although several other states have similar Stand Your Ground laws, Florida's was the first.

"Florida has been the most bold, the most arrogant, the most insensitive," he said. "We need to use every non-violent lever we can to change this law." Sun Sentinel Miami Beach

Wikipedia Stand Your Ground Laws
A stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use reasonable force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation.

It is law in certain jurisdictions within the United States. The basis may lie in either statutory law and or common law precedents. One key distinction is whether the concept only applies to defending a home or vehicle, or whether it applies to all lawfully occupied locations. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the "stand your ground" law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that an immunity bars suit, charges, detention and arrest. A defense, such as an affirmative defense, permits a plaintiff or the state to seek civil damages or a criminal conviction but may offer mitigating circumstances that justify the accused's conduct.

More than half of the states in the United States have adopted the Castle doctrine, that a person has no duty to retreat when their home is attacked. Some states go a step further, removing the duty of retreat from other locations. "Stand Your Ground", "Line in the Sand" or "No Duty to Retreat" laws thus state that a person has no duty or other requirement to abandon a place in which he has a right to be, or to give up ground to an assailant. Under such laws, there is no duty to retreat from anywhere the defender may legally be.[1] Other restrictions may still exist; such as when in public, a person must be carrying firearms in a legal manner, whether concealed or openly.

"Stand your ground" governs U.S. federal case law in which right of self-defense is asserted against a charge of criminal homicide. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Beard v. U.S.[2] (158 U.S. 550 (1895)) that a man who was "on his premises" when he came under attack and "...did not provoke the assault, and had at the time reasonable grounds to believe, and in good faith believed, that the deceased intended to take his life, or do him great bodily harm...was not obliged to retreat, nor to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground."[3][4]

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