Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NRA pushed “stand your ground” law that may be responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death

The Florida law that is currently protecting watch captain George Zimmerman, termed “stand your ground,” was brought to the organization American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by the National Rifle Assn.  ALEC, a national organization that fosters legislation primarily anti-consumer, has promoted the concept to states nationwide resulting in several laws passed similar to Florida’s. 

It is one of the bills supported by ALEC disproportionately impacting communities of color, according to the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch.  The question is whether it prompted Zimmerman to take vigilante justice into his own hands resulting in action that he was not authorized to carry out.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a front for back-room closed-door sessions between big business and state legislatures to draft legislation that benefits business.  The center for Media and Democracy has been fighting this organization for some time now, and I have done two past articles you can see here and here.  One of the major problems with ALEC is its secrecy in bringing biased legislation to states that is often passed as presented.

This law, also known as the “Castle Doctrine,” changes state criminal justice and civil law codes by giving legal immunity to a person who uses deadly force if they reasonably believe it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to themselves or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.  It also bars the deceased's family from bringing a civil suit.  Additional information suggests Zimmerman acted as he did because the teen was black.

Florida Senator Durell Peadon introduced the law with NRA lobbyist, Marion Hammer, reportedly staring down legislators as they voted, according to CMD.  Afterwards Hammer presented the bill to ALEC where the NRA “boasted” it was “well-received,” after which all corporations and state legislators on the Task Force unanimously approved the bill as an ALEC model.  At last count, 25 states had the “stand your ground law.”

See Al JaZeera video below of Former federal prosecutor Michael Wildes discussing the NRA's power and the need for improved gun safety and control laws:

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a devoted ALEC alum, signed a bill into law in his state in 2011 with the key elements of the Castle Doctrine included.  On March 3 of this year, 20-year-old college student Bo Morrison was shot and killed by a homeowner in Slinger, Wisconsin as the young man hid from police after attending an underage drinking party.  Because of the Castle Doctrine, no charges will be filed in the shooting. Like Trayvon Martin, Morrison was black.

Trayvon Martin

Former U.S. attorney Kendall Coffey says the “stand your ground” law is “a license to kill,” noting that the number of justifiable homicides in Florida has tripled since the law was passed in 2005.  CMD says, “The Castle Doctrine and its ‘stand your ground’ provisions give license for people to engage in vigilantism without liability.  As such, the ALEC bill can put the decision to take a life in the hands of a person whose fears are motivated by prejudice and racial bias.

To my knowledge and at this writing, the NRA has made no official comment about the Trayvon Martin death, nor has it commented on the “stand your ground” law in relation to whether George Zimmerman acted correctly in his shooting of the black teen ager.  I read somewhere recently a headline that said, “George Zimmerman is the NRA.”  If that statement is correct, the Florida incident could well be the catalyst to more gun control in the future.

Read more here.


  1. Jack, Zimmerman was severely attacked, and shot Martin while Martin was sitting on his chest beating on him.

    Further Martin's checkered school record, and social media content, he likely slipped away from future-step-mom's house to do some drugs, and was probably under the influence when he attacked Zimmerman.

    But since when did the facts matter to "Progressives"?

    1. I have not seen these facts anywhere and doubt they exist from a reputable source. Why don't you enlighten us?

    2. I had already read the article and since read your police report. In no place in the report was there a mention of "Zimmerman was severely attacked, and shot Martin while Martin was sitting on his chest beating on him," as you indicate above.

      The same holds true for the article saying, "dramatic police account of the fatal shooting claimed the black teen launched an unprovoked attack on the neighborhood watch volunteer in which he punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and then bashed his head into the sidewalk several times before trying to grab his gun."

      Now Martin may have had a checkered past, but that does not excuse what Zimmerman did, nor does it or anything else justify this stupid "stand your ground" law. Get a reality check. This is all coming to a head and the gun worshippers are up against the wall and know it.

    3. None so blind as those who won't see.

      Its in the police report, as well as corroborated by all the 911 calls, as well as the eyewitness report by the man who's lawn Martin died on.

      But hey, you've made your mind up, and have decided that your agenda is far more important than the facts.

    4. You are wrong, again. It is not in the police report and there are no specifics to confirm your other claims. Why don't you give it up and concern yourself with something where you know what you're talking about. Pathetic!

  2. "Stand your ground" is really "Shoot and kill the wounded to prevent confusion in your lies about self-defense". There have been dozens and dozens of unprovoked murders by NRA goons and gunsels, and prosecutors cannot cut through the "SAKTWTPCIYLASD" law. More will be killed.

    I myself pray the prayer of St Anthony: "Lord, make all those killed by gun violence either NRA members or the children of NRA members."

    1. You know, I've had this thought before, actually many times, but didn't have the guts to say it.

      Thank you!

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

  3. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.



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