posted on Mar, 25 2012 @ 10:38 PM
"He has no protection under my law," former Sen. Durell Peaden told the newspaper. Florida's law, called "stand your ground" by supporters
and "shoot first" by critics, was passed in 2005 and permits residents to use deadly force if they "reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to
prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." Traditionally, self-defense
laws did not typically extend beyond a person's home, but the Florida law, and at least 20 more passed across the country since them, allows a
resident to "meet force with force" almost anywhere, including the street or a bar. Zimmerman, 28, reportedly admitted to police that he shot
17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the evening of February 26. He was released without being charged after claiming he killed the boy in self-defense. But
911 recordings released over the weekend suggest that Zimmerman, who has a concealed weapons permit and volunteered in an apparently informal
neighborhood watch program, pursued Martin, despite being told police were on their way. It is the fact that Zimmerman ignored the 911 operator's
advice not to follow Martin that former Sen. Peaden says disqualifies him from claiming self-defense under the law. "The guy lost his defense right
then," Peaden told the Miami Herald. "When he said 'I'm following him,' he lost his defense." Rep. Dennis Baxley, Peaden's co-sponsor in the Florida
House, agrees with his former colleague, telling the newspaper that the law does not license neighborhood watch or others who feel "like they have the
authority to pursue and confront people. That is aggravating an incident right there."
Beezzer, I can't do it without getting angry at this point because I know how it would go. I've made a case in my other thread on why Zimmerman is
wrong. After Jeb and the Creators of the Legislation are saying that it shouldn't cover Zimmerman, I am finding it harder to keep emotion out of it.
I have a feeling that ATS, after hearing Political Theory/Social Contract reasoning, Intent of Individuals Liberties bestowed upon the people by God &
Protected by the Constitution, Intent of Personal Sovereignty by the Founders, Intent and Spirit of the Legislators by the Crafters of the
Legislation, Intent and Spirit of the law as interpreted by the signing Governor, will STILL agree with whoever is backing Zimmerman. It has nothing
to do with race, but just the idea that someone utilized the second amendment in a way that protected their lives.
I love the second amendment, and if you look inside my house you'll definitely know it. However, I think that some members are looking for a situation
where the right was held and it ended up in a lawful dismissal on the grounds of self defense. Wishful.Justification.Of. An.Amendment (that I love by
I'm looking at this and wondering if I can keep my cool knowing everything I do about intent of laws. The creators and signers of the laws are still
alive...and SPEAKING! They are saying that Zimmerman shouldn't be protected. In my mind it has turned into a non argument, just protection of the 2nd
amendment (which isn't even being taken away) by members of the board.