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Updated: 10/29/2013 8:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lucia McBath joined Trayvon Martin's mother Tuesday in Washington, D.C. and spoke out about the "stand your ground" statute to a Senate judiciary committee.

She said "'stand your ground' defies all reason."

She said, "In essence, it allows any armed citizen to self-deputize themselves and establish their own definition of law and order.

Her son, Jordan Davis, 17, was shot and killed last November at a Southside gas station after police say Davis and another man, Michael Dunn, argued over loud music.

Dunn claims he fired his weapon because he feared for his life.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican who believed the law should be decided by the states said, "Self defense is the bedrock of liberty."

The mothers lobbied lawmakers, asking that the 22 states with "stand your ground "statutes revisit the law and clarify it.

They said it's too vague. And while Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, did not use the "stand your ground" defense in his trial, Martin's mother, Sabrina Fulton, said the concept allowed her son's killer to go unpunished.

She said, "The person that shot and killed my son walks the streets today. This law does not work."

McBath worried the same could happen to Dunn.

She said, "Now, I face the real possibility that my son's killer will walk free, hiding behind a statute that lets people claim a threat where there was none."

Michael Dunn is set to go on trial early next year.
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king kaos - 10/30/2013 4:07 PM
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The cancer is acting up again i see. What a waste of time and effort. How can this dumb A keep fighting to change a law that was not used in her thug kids case? Its so stupid its ridiculous. The real question is where is not so sharp-ton and hackson now that the press isnt up these peoples butts all the time? Its a total joke to see these total jokes blabbing away still. If anything they should be running campains on how black people should take care of thier kids and teach them to be humans, not the animals we see coming out of the ghettos of America!!! How about taking a step back and seeing what role you played in your sons death, instead of a law that wasnt used? I mean its like me going and fighting for speeding fines on the autobahn, it has NOTHING to do with what I am doing here. Its just stupid nonsense. just sayin.

RetiredJSO - 10/30/2013 7:59 AM
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Well nothing new here, just like a Demo-crat, never let the facts get in the way of your point of view. Stand your ground is a good law and is not bias against and race or sex. It is not automatic and does get reviewed by Law Enforcement and The Courts. some people have claimed it and won, some have lost. Zimmerman never claimed it, and was aquited by a jury, citing self defense. Dunn will have a harder time, and may be found guilty, thats what Courts are for, not public opinion. Making changes to the law will not bring anyone back to life, or change the outcome of any court case. Zimmerman can not be tired again (double jepordy).

Realchange - 10/30/2013 2:18 AM
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Trayvon Martin is/was nothing but thug. His own texts, posts and more proved that. So we have people wanting nothing more than citizens must flee from criminals or be charged with murder if they must use deadly force to defend themselves. Excerpt from TM cell phone:QUery: Mee too,but wat happen tah yuhh?? Response: Fight Query : Y!? Response: cause man dat N (word) (filters will not allow the real word) snitched on me Query: Bae Y youn always fightinqq man, yu got suspended? Response: Naw we thumped afta skool in a duckd off spot Query: Ohh, well damee Response: I los da 1st round :) but I won da 2nd and 3rd... Response: I los dn first :( but won da 2nd nd 3rd Query: Ohh so it was 3 rounds? damee well at least yu wonn lol but yuu needsa stop fighting qq bae forereal' Response Naw I am not done wit fool... he gone have 2 seem again Query: NOoo BAe stop yuu aint gonn be staisfied till yuh get suspeneded again huh? Response Naw but he aint breed (means bleed) nuff 4 me, only his nose... but afta dat im done End quote it should be noted a few days later TM is shopping for street guns, was involved in home invasion robberies and more. Anyone who says TM was innocent or good kid is liar and deceiving the American people. TM supporters have a vision it is one of a thug on every street corner who can attack snitches and victims safely as no guns will be allowed.

viejo - 10/29/2013 11:56 PM
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Way to go, Leslie. Nice job of confusing the real facts, as usual. "Self defense" does NOT equal "stand your ground". And don't forget, in this country, folks are supposed to be assumed innocent until proven guilty. You, however, like to report the verdict before the trial even begins.

nativejax - 10/29/2013 11:56 PM
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This isn't a case of 'stand your ground'. He had at least 3 CLEAR choices before he started firing like an idiot at them. I- Call the police, if it bothered him that much. 2-Ignore the loud music and roll up the windows. 3-Drive to the other side of the gas station to avoid the loud music. This dumb ass did none of the above. He instigated all this by MISTAKENLY asking total strangers nicely to turn down the loud obscene noisethey had blasting on the radio, which should be against the law. You can't even look at some of these uncivilized people in the eyes. They look at you like rabid dogs that hate you for everything they THINK you stand for. And the sad part is, no matter HOW NICE you try to be, they still hate you. The proof is in the statistics of Black on Black murders. They don't give a rats ass about that, as long as they can blame us,try to take away our right to defend ourselves against these same thugs and then have the audacity to think they can get away with it. Dunn should get the max for this as far as I'm concerned. but as with Trayvon, this mom should not have let her kid run the streets with a loudmouth thug. He would still be alive.

tlynn - 10/29/2013 11:14 PM
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CONFUSION!!! Nothing about this is CLEAR!!!

tlynn - 10/29/2013 11:10 PM
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How can this concept of the law, allow the killer of her son to go free, if he never claimed this to be his defense?
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