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U.S. Attorney General slams Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

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Updated: 7/17/2013 12:25 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday strongly criticized stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense.

Referring to the case of Trayvon Martin shooting, Holder said: "separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods."

In an address to an NAACP convention, the attorney general said it is time to question laws that "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense."

The attorney general said the country must take a hard look at laws that contribute to "more violence than they prevent."

Holder said such laws "try to fix something that was never broken."

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nativejax - 7/17/2013 1:55 PM
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I know you were...I just get touchy when someone insinuates I'm on 'meds'...I could n't find a good 'comeback' I will try to curb them...Cain should have won., I don't understand why he didn't stick it out.

wishmistress - 7/17/2013 12:44 PM
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(jeezzzz, native. There was a time when you would've realized I was agreeing with you.) This entire administration has been harmful and dividing. I can't help but think how different things would be if Herman Cain had won.

viejo - 7/17/2013 12:14 PM
0 Votes
Getting legal advice from Eric Holder? First let him repeal the law of gravity.

mandingo - 7/17/2013 11:27 AM
4 Votes
Lol like he has room to slam any laws he's one of the worst violators. Just anouther black man trying to forward himself in politics by running his mouth.

Realchange - 7/17/2013 10:58 AM
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The fast and furious thing was set up to allow the administration to circumvent Congress and put heavy restrictions on gun manufacturing. It seems Obama promise to not go after guns only applied while running for office. They want slowly limit rights in baby steps give a little here wait for another school attack or theater attack then give some more. That is why nothing is being done on the national level to put veterans to work as security guards in schools. Cheaper than police and better able to handle a bad situation should it arise.

RiverRat - 7/17/2013 10:50 AM
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The White House Administration should refrain from making incendiary comments for political gain. "People in glass houses should not throw rocks"

RetiredJSO - 7/17/2013 8:14 AM
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This from the man who has authorized the sale of guns to criminals and caused the deaths of numerious people to include law enforcement officers.

nativejax - 7/17/2013 8:03 AM
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Okay wishmistress, I'll take my 'meds' when a Doctor states I need them, and you go take a dump...your full of it..... Eric Holder is a lying ass h@le that needs to resign, no "if's, and's, or 'butts' about it"...(pun intended)

Gunny48 - 7/17/2013 7:01 AM
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That was "fast and furious" of him...what a hypocrite!

Truthseeker - 7/17/2013 4:59 AM
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Another thought. I find it hard to believe that the U.S. Attorney General doesn't understand this law. If you are an aggressor, Florida Statutes 776.013, a.k.a. the "stand your ground law", doesn't protect you. It is law which has a very narrow defensive purpose of protecting anyone who is in a place where they have a legal right to be and are set upon by a criminal or criminals intending to do bodily harm. It is also intended to protect others in the same basic situation. That is all there is to it. Under this law, as written, you are not allowed to be the aggressor. Period.
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