“Stand Your Ground” Repeal Dies Quietly In Florida
Legal Insurrection is reporting that an abortive attempt to repeal Florida’s “stand your ground” law has died a pathetic legislative death:
The primary Florida legislative initiative to repeal the state’s Stand-Your-Ground — SB116, embedded below — has officially died a sad little death in the state senate, as reported on the official state Senate legislative tracking site. (This also effectively dooms the complementary bill introduced in the state house, H4003.)
Introduced by Florida state Senator Geraldine F. “Geri” Thompson, whose district includes urban Orlando, SB116 met with only limited legislative success.
Oh, did I say “limited legislative success?” Sorry, I meant “no success.” Literally. None.
Filed on August 22, 2013, it was referred to the three committees necessary for any criminal law bill to advance to a full senate vote — the Judiciary, the Criminal Justice, and the Rules committees.
In the Judiciary committee the vote in favor of the bill was . . . well, they never even got it to a vote.
In the Criminal Justice committee . . . ditto. And in the Rule committee. Yeah, the same.
Finally, in an act of unmitigated mercy the bill was finally officially “put down” this past Friday, May 2, after having suffered nine tortious months accomplishing absolutely nothing of substantive value to the citizens of Florida.
From the beginning, the entire fight against Florida’s “stand your ground” law was hyperbolic, dishonest, and yes, racist.
If you asked the general public about famous “stand your ground” cases in Florida, they’d undoubtedly cite George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin, Michael Dunn’s killing of Jordan Davis, and quiet possibly, Marissa Alexander’s shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray.
The reality is, however, that “stand your ground” law wasn’t a factor in any of the three cases.
Ironically, evidence suggests that African-Americans disproportionately benefit from the very “stand you ground” law that some were mislead into believing that it favored whites.