House to vote on Trayvon amendment

May 9, 2012

By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida.

The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part of the House’s debate on the Commerce Department spending bill.

“‘Shoot-first’ laws have already cost too many lives. In Florida alone, deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted. Federal money shouldn’t be spent supporting states with laws that endanger their own people,” said Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the two Democrats who are offering the legislation. “This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don’t enforce seat-belt laws.”

Florida’s law, which allows residents to use force in response to an attack without first having to retreat, has come under scrutiny after the nationally-polarizing death of teenager Trayvon Martin. George Zimmermann, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has been charged with murder in the case.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CTH says:

    Keith Ellison should be ousted from the Congress and deported to Iran or some other such place.

  • Rattlerjake says:

    Another example of liberal politicians twisting the truth in an attempt to change laws in their favor. “Shoot first” laws haven’t cost ENOUGH lives, these criminals need to be shot not incarcerated. Criminals have no respect for laws or other individuals and they do not belong in any civilized society. What is also a shame is how the media, politicians, special interest groups, and Trayvon’s family have been allowed to try this case by public opinion with innuendos and lies, mainly to further their cause. These same people should be put on trial for negatively inciting the public and racial discrimination. Liberals will do anything to take away our 2nd Amendment rights!

  • s says:

    So, I am a woman, alone at night, and armed thugs break in and clearly are threatening me with bodily harm..I want to be able to protect myself any way I can and a gun is the best way to do it. keep the law. And, law or no law, I will shoot first before I am raped, slashed or worse.
    PS We still do not know the facts about the Zimmerman case so opinions are useless and causing incendiary remarks – mostly against whites, hispanics..

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