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. Donkey Party

    Rick Scott's "task force" was stacked with the people that wrote the law, as well as the disgraced Lt Governor. Fraud.

    July 19, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    There is no reason to take away the rights of citizens to defend themselves.

    July 19, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. tiscali.it

    that task force was a joke...they wasted tax payers money ..did nothing...and someone was arrested from that task force...

    July 19, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. smith

    A bunch of people who are misinformed about the law and the GZ trial. SYG was not the defese GZ used. Florida`s self defense law was his defense. Alot people still in denial of the facts. TM attacked GZ, it doesn`t matter what lead up to that point. The pictures proved self defense.

    July 19, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    To hell with your task force's assessment and the Stand Your Ground law. SYG encourages vigilantism. Listen up and listen up good Gov. Scott. The will of the people will not be thrown on the back burner. This NRA sponsored law goes to show us that you politicians are bought and have no spine. The self defense law was never broken to begin with. This is not the wild wild west where everyone is walking around packing and having 10 step draws. The NRA is this close in my eyes to being called a terrorist organization.

    July 19, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    What does it say about Florida voters when they elect a man to be governor who should probably be behind bars? The Trayvon Tragedy was inevitable. The law allows someone to shoot to kill without being held acountable. You can claim, "I was scared, man," and walk away from any murder that you commit.

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

    July 19, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. Data Driven

    "What does it say about Florida voters when they elect a man to be governor who should probably be behind bars?"

    Doesn't say anything good, Rudy. And while I grant that idiotic criminals infest the rest of the union in leadership roles, Florida does seem particularly prone to idiocy. Idiotic people, represented by idiots. In democracies, we get the leadership we deserve.

    July 19, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. From Florida

    SYG is the LAW in Florida and played no part in the Defense of Zimmerman. There is no reason, based on this incident, to repeal it. This is just another distraction of the Obama Administration to turn focus away from the real criminal (using the IRS to manipulate an election, cover up of Benghazi, NSA and Snowden). However, I noticed much of the outrage over SYG is from people that don’t live in Florida. Let it go guys, he was acquitted! Hasn’t CNN’s numbers dropped enough?

    July 19, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC
    What does it say about Florida voters when they elect a man to be governor who should probably be behind bars?
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    You could say the same about:
    NY-Spitzer
    Ark- Clinton
    SC-Sanford

    Yeah I know these other guys messed up after being in office but They still messed up!

    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?

    July 19, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. JAX FL

    I live in in Jacksonville, Florida. We now have had five white people murdered and three white people wounded by African-Americans in the last eleven days (yes, I am keeping score). Perhaps we could organize a task force to have something done about that.

    July 19, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Steveo

    @JAX FL

    I live in in Jacksonville, Florida. We now have had five white people murdered and three white people wounded by African-Americans in the last eleven days (yes, I am keeping score). Perhaps we could organize a task force to have something done about that.
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    Please keep score and keep sharing this because the MSM is not! Jesse, Al, the CBC, NAACP, Holder, nor President Obama have said ONE word on this. Pitiful! Where is everybody on this unless they think the victims and the perps have the have the wrong skin tone!

    July 19, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. 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.

    July 19, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Sandy

    JAX FL

    I live in in Jacksonville, Florida. We now have had five white people murdered and three white people wounded by African-Americans in the last eleven days (yes, I am keeping score). Perhaps we could organize a task force to have something done about that.
    _____________

    Were they arrested? If so, then we don't need to do anything because justice is being served for the white people.

    July 19, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Sandy

    From Florida

    SYG is the LAW in Florida and played no part in the Defense of Zimmerman. There is no reason, based on this incident, to repeal it. This is just another distraction of the Obama Administration to turn focus away from the real criminal (using the IRS to manipulate an election, cover up of Benghazi, NSA and Snowden). However, I noticed much of the outrage over SYG is from people that don’t live in Florida. Let it go guys, he was acquitted! Hasn’t CNN’s numbers dropped enough?
    ______________

    Wrong! SYG had EVERYTHING to do with the case. SYG was the reason the cops gave for not arresting Zimmerman in the first place. Then the defense CLAIMED they were not using SYG, but self defense. Guess what? SYG IS the new self defense law in Florida and the judge, defense and prosecution knew it! That's why the judge's jury instructions included the SYG language VERBATIM even though the defense claimed they were not using it. That is why Juror B37 said they had to consider SYG because of the judge's jury instructions. We were duped people! They knew SYG was the new self defense law, but claimed they were not using it, even though they knew it would be considered because SYG IS the self defense law in Florida. When the defense claimed they were not using SYG, why didn't the judge explain that it was the same thing, since she KNEW she was going to have to include SYG in the jury instructions? VERY CURIOUS THIS WHOLE THING!

    July 19, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. M.A.P.

    I hate racism and always have, but I'm getting really annoyed at people from TM's supporters stating their opinions as facts! There is nothing, NOTHING, that suggests this was a hate crime. After the full investigation and court case, I too have changed my opinion about what happened (thanks to NBC and CNN's biased reporting on the case, I too was misled to believe it was a hate crime). When will people grow up and admit to themselves that they don't know if this is a racial issue. People are making it a racial issue because they are angry in general or want to show solidarity. It's just wrong! I am so disappointed in America I thought you guys were past this!

    July 19, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. M.A.P.

    @RudyNYC that warning shot story you basically just made up and the facts are wrong. Even I know that and Im not in the states! I'm a left winger but this is getting out of control. People who are normally very sensible are just jumping on the – Zimmerman MUST be racist -bandwagon. Whenever you ask for specifics people start with something like -"Black people are ALWAYS targeted....." or "IF he was white.........." those arguments aren't changing the facts or helping at all. That is OPINION. After years fighting against Fox news, many of the liberals are now using the same techniques themselves!

    July 19, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. JAX FL

    @Sandy
    "Were they arrested? If so, then we don't need to do anything because justice is being served for the white people."
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    Tell that to the families and friends to the people who were killed.

    July 19, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    M.A.P.

    @RudyNYC that warning shot story you basically just made up and the facts are wrong.
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    Par for the course.

    July 19, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. JAX FL

    @ARudy NYC
    "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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    !1) I have not heard of this incident, provide details,
    2) Why did she not call the police?
    3) She was probably following the advice of that noted self-defense expert Joe Biden (sarcasm). He was telling people to go outside and fire a warning shot with his shotgun, which is a good way to get yourself arrested.

    July 19, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. bassman

    A new poll shows only 24% of Americans believe Zimmerman was motivated by race. How many news segments have we seen showing how a innocent many was wrongly accused? None. There is a reason why the jurors do not want to be identified. Our media has spun this whole thing as racism.

    July 19, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. 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.

    July 19, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "That's why the judge's jury instructions included the SYG language VERBATIM even though the defense claimed they were not using it."

    Indeed. But guess what part of the SYG law she refused to instruct the jury on....guess.

    Yep. THE EXCEPTION that says you can't create the situation that results in you "feeling" like your life is threatened and then rely on SYG. The jury never heard about any exceptions to it. And yet here we have some jackhole, who thinks he's the neighborhood's Batman, stalking and causing a confrontation with an innocent kid walking home with Skittles AFTER the 911 dispatcher told him NOT to follow him around and approach him.

    July 19, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    @M.A.P. being spooofed

    @RudyNYC that warning shot story you basically just made up and the facts are wrong.
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    If I made up a story, then how can the facts be wrong? If the facts are wrong, then what are the correct facts? After years of watching FOX, I see that you have mastered their technique as debunking everything they disagree with as a lie without supplying any facts to back those assertions.

    The woman fired a warning shot into the air, was charged with attempted murder, she tried to claim SYG, but was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot that never hit anyone.

    July 19, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Steveo

    Folks are now boycotting Florida due to SGY? Feel free but consider this. 23 other states have SYG laws to include:
    Alabama Arizona Georgia Idaho Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Michigan Mississippi Montana
    Nevada North Carolina New York Oklahoma South Carolina South Dakota Tennessesse Texas Utah West Virginia

    The following States have SGY law that DO NOT include a duty to retreat:
    Illinois Oregon Washington What do these three state have in common? They are all liberally governed!
    So all you boycotters add these states to your list too!

    July 19, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "@RudyNYC that warning shot story you basically just made up and the facts are wrong."

    Yeah, it's even worse. The incident involved her firing warning shots to get her estranged husband not to abuse her after he told her "if I can't have you, then nobody can" when they started fighting over him finding a text message on her phone to or from her first husband. He had a history of beating her. The judge's decision as to why not to allow her to use SYG to defend her actions in firing warning shots highlights in stark detail the kind of analysis that was NOT applied to Zimmerman's claims of self-defense after he created the dangerous situation and confrontation himself. The judge relied on the idea that she failed to run away, that her actions were inconsistent with someone afraid for their life or who believed they were in an inherently dangerous and threatening situation. And yet, here we have Zimmerman, self-deputized vigilante hero, CREATING the very confrontation that he claims made him feel his life was in danger. It's BS and the two cases serve to show both the inherent problems with the SYG in the first place AND the disparate application of it that it encourages.

    July 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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