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A group of congressional Democrats pressed the Justice Department Tuesday to gather new data about the effects of so-called “stand your ground” laws on public safety. Roughly two dozen states have adopted laws authorizing citizens to use deadly force if threatened, even if they could retreat instead….
By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 11-2, the Florida House Criminal Justice Committee defeated House Bill 4003 by Representative Alan Williams (D).
A Florida House subcommittee voted 11-2 today to retain the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The hearing followed a month-long occupation of the state’s capitol building after the George Zimmerman verdict by a group called the Dream Defenders, as well as visits of support by Harry Belafonte, rapper Talib Kweli and Jesse Jackson. The law also inspired statewide boycotts by Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick.
On October 29th, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin titled, “‘Stand Your Ground Laws’: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force.” Present were several witnesses who attacked not only SYG laws, but also the Right-to-Carry, and even the American jury system. An overarching theme of the testimony alluded that Americans are too prejudiced to be trusted to exercise their right to self-defense. Thankfully, there were some witnesses who stood on the side of freedom and defended the right to self-defense against the divisive and inaccurate attacks, and made the case that laws protecting this right are sound public policy.
WE OPPOSE HB-4003 by Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee). HB-4003 is a REPEALER bill that will repeal the “Stand Your Ground” law. This bill would repeal provisions of our self-defense laws relating to home protection & use of deadly force. It would once again put the law on the side of criminals. WE SUPPORT HB-89 by Rep. Neil Combee (R-Auburndale) & Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Sunrise). HB-89 is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.
When Pastor Carl Sanders entered a Dollar General store in Evansville, Ind., he only wanted to quench his thirst with a Gatorade. Instead, he witnessed a man attempting to rob a store clerk with what appeared to be a gun wrapped in plastic.
While it would later be discovered that the “weapon” the robber was holding was nothing but a plastic spoon, the pistol that Pastor Sanders carries is very much real.
The Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs preseasongame from Sunday night was rife with fights, but one in particular stood out: with about 10 minutes to go in the 3rd period, Sabres player Corey Tropp and Leafs player Jamie Devane threw down — but it was Devane who came away on top.
After the two exchanged swings, Devane connected on multiple hooks, sending Tropp dazed to the ground, unable to immediately get up and nearly motionless:
Sarah Palin is back to the “violent rhetoric” today, writing at Breitbart.com that the battle to defund Obamacare is headed to the Senate. Palin even offers to compare “shiv marks” with Sen. Ted “Wacko Bird” Cruz to see who’s more often been the victim of what she calls the “anonymous sources” backstabbing game. Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee have her full support in their push to hold off the Obamacare train wreck. Her faith in the rest of the Senate isn’t so solid, though. She writes:
Before his trial began, George Zimmerman waived his right to a “stand your ground” immunity hearing. Eventually, Zimmerman’s acquittal was based on pure self-defense, which is why many are having trouble figuring out why the mother of Trayvon Martin has been asked to testify before the Senate at a hearing examining “Stand Your Ground” laws:
‘It Sounded Really Bad’: 13 Children Injured After Festival Swing Ride Loses Power and Falls to the Ground (UPDATE: Children May Have Been Trapped Under Ride)
A swing ride injured 13 children, some seriously, after it malfunctioned and fell to the ground at a festival in Norwalk, Conn. Sunday, reports WVIT-TV.
CNN reports the ride “apparently lost power causing the children on the ride to forcefully fall to the ground,” according to the Norwalk police Facebook page.
According to The Hour, a Norwalk newspaper, officials first called in the incident as a “mass casualty” with possible entrapment, and crews freed all children from any entrapment quickly.
The Dream Defenders today spent their 25th day occupying Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office in an effort to have the state’s “stand your ground” legislation repealed, while the members of the Florida Sheriffs Association reaffirmed their support for the law with a unanimous vote.
Protesters are bedding down for their fourth night outside of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office. The group, comprising members of the Dream Defenders and others, has been given permission to stay the weekend, although they’ve been informed that the air conditioning will be turned off as usual, and anyone who leaves won’t be let back in until Monday morning. Leaders of the Dream Defenders met with Gov. Scott last night but vowed to carry on their occupation until their demand for a special legislative session on “stand your ground” legislation is met.
A group called the Dream Defenders set up shop in Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office on Tuesday, demanding the governor call a special session of the state legislature to address racial profiling and the state’s “stand your ground” law. Scott was out of the state at the time, but he did meet with a small group of protesters this evening and stood by the law, issuing a press release afterward.
No matter how frustrating things are on Capitol Hill, we can all be grateful for one thing: Nancy Pelosi is no longer in charge.
Regardless of the GOP’s flaws, the former Speaker reminded pro-lifers how much worse the leadership could be. During a press conference Thursday, the House Minority Leader picked a fight with the men on the Judiciary Committee for passing Rep. Trent Franks’s (R-Ariz.) bill onto the House floor.
The day after several tornadoes ripped through the midwestern states, a massive tornado was blowing through Oklahoma near Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.
KOTV called it a “huge tornado” with a “violent rotation.” A storm tracker speculated the twister was either an F4 or F5.
A storm tracker also said “there’s houses in the air here” and noted “a ton of debris.” They reporters described houses, trees and more in the tornado as the “debris ball.”