Gov. Rick Scott meets with Florida protesters on 'stand your ground'
July 19th, 2013
07:28 AM ET
9 months ago

Gov. Rick Scott meets with Florida protesters on 'stand your ground'

Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that while he mourns with the parents of Trayvon Martin after their son's death, he had no plans to amend his state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

"I put together a task force of 19 individuals, bipartisan. They traveled the state. They listened to ordinary citizens. They listened to experts, and they concluded that we didn't need to make a change in the law, and I agree with their conclusion," he said.

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  1. JAX FL

    @sonny chapman
    We've got a problem in America, the most technologically advanced Country in the History of Mankind. Trayvon should have walked away & George Z. should have walked away. One was a wanna-be-cop, 2nd Amendment Patriot. The other was a wanna-be gangsta. If the answer is everyone pack heat(NRA solution), there's gonna be a lot of blood shed & Mama's with broken hearts.
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    I agree. Two guys who might have wanted to prove how"tough' they thought they were. One is dead, the other's life is ruined. Families are devastated and in turmoil No winners on either side. Maybe we should all practice a little more politeness.

    July 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. ST

    This law STY is a very, very, very dangerous law. A lot people were not aware of it until Zimmerman's case. God forbid, I assume a lot of people will lose their lives because of the loophole of making own judgement that you feel you are in danger. If Zimmerman was let to walk free, why not them? Those who hate each other will use it, those who feel frustrated because of difficulties in life will use it, those who think why some should live good life and not them will use it. Oh! boy for sake of living without fear and not knowing you are alive today and may be not tomorrow, this law must be abolished immediately.

    July 19, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Steveo

    Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    Secondly, Stand Your Ground in Florida was passed an dsigned into law in 2005. Yet NO ONE has cited any other case where SYG was an issue. So if SYG is "a law that allows people to shoot to kill with impunity and immunity?" Where are the other cases? Where are the other bodies? Where are the other protests? Can you cite them?
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    A Florida black woman's house was surrounded by loud party-goers from a nearby house party. She was being taunted by a drunken mob. She fired a warning shot. She claimed SYG and was wound up sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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    You answered 1 of 3 questions and based upon other posters you got that one wrong!

    July 19, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Tony

    The story I read was that a black woman fired a warning shot at her allegedly abusive husband. The shot hit the wall and harmed no one. She was sentenced to 20 years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her "stand your ground" defense failed.

    July 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Steveo

    @Tony

    The story I read was that a black woman fired a warning shot at her allegedly abusive husband. The shot hit the wall and harmed no one. She was sentenced to 20 years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her "stand your ground" defense failed
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    That is the story I remember. My question is is SYG the problem or is it the unequal application? Lawmakers wrote it but judges, lawyers, and juries apply it.

    Huffington post (16 July13) did a story on 15 SYG acquittals. Interesting read.

    July 19, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "You answered 1 of 3 questions and based upon other posters you got that one wrong!"
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    You have got to be as crazy as your idol, Rand Paul. Keep waiting for answers okay. Have a nice day.

    July 19, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Steveo

    @Tony

    The story I read was that a black woman fired a warning shot at her allegedly abusive husband. The shot hit the wall and harmed no one. She was sentenced to 20 years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her "stand your ground" defense failed
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    That is the story I remember. My question is is SYG the problem or is it the unequal application? Lawmakers wrote it but judges, lawyers, and juries apply it.

    Huffington post (16 July13) did a story on 15 SYG acquittals. Interesting read.
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    Good point. What is the evidence that this helps a self-defense arguement, or was this simply passed to appease the NRA? We already have self-defense statutes on the books, so was this ever needed? Have people been abusing this law like so many others have to avoid responsibility?

    July 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Yates

    Good for Rick Scott. I have a license to carry a handgun but do carry often as it is such a big responsibility. That being said I live in a big City and I do no think there is one neighbor on my block that does not have some kind of home defense gun. The people that I know that have guns care more about another humans life than valuables so are less apt to discharge a weapon unless attacked. Others worry about liability issues but if you are attacked in your home in a lot of states expect deadly force. Zimmerman was an idiot but he was most likely attacked as he stated but we will never know. He will be sued but that will be the end of it other than the race profiteering we hear daily.

    July 19, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    Stay the Course !!! Stand Your Ground should be enacted in all 50 states !!!! I get tired of these "thugs" always trying to manipulate the good, decent, & hardworking people in this country !!! I mean, who wants to be "victimized" constantly ??

    July 19, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "How can you pass a law that allows people to shoot to kill with impunity and immunity?"

    This SHOULD be a wake-up call, Rudy. However, once the charges of racism take center stage, it will be debated as an entirely different matter.

    Zimmerman overreached and overreacted, and a young man is dead because of Zimmerman's overachieving personality. That in itself should be enough cause for concern. For ALL of us who walk our own neighborhoods daily.

    July 19, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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