Schumer calls for federal probe of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws after Florida shooting

(FOXNEWS)   Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Justice Department to investigate so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws following the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teen.

The law, a version of which was enacted in Florida in 2005, allows for individuals to use deadly force — even outside their home — if they feel threatened.

Since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Republican leaders have called the killing a tragedy but argue that the law in question did not actually apply to this case.

Still, Schumer wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday that the laws themselves should be investigated.

“These laws seem to be encouraging vigilantism by allowing individuals to use deadly force as a first resort,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.

Schumer asked Holder’s department to probe whether the laws “are creating more violence than they are preventing,” and whether potential murders are “going unprosecuted” because of them.

He estimated that 23 states have some form of this law.

Schumer cited statistics in Florida showing that before the law was approved, the state averaged 12 justifiable homicides per year. The average subsequent to the law’s enactment was 33.

 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/25/schumer-calls-for-federal-probe-stand-your-ground-laws-after-florida-shooting/?test=latestnews#ixzz1qF1dyo67

2 Responses to Schumer calls for federal probe of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws after Florida shooting

  • Chuck Schumer took part in the coverup of government crimes, including violoations of The Posse Commitatus Act by special operations commandos firing at women and children at the waco siege http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmOBNnz9Wms.

    Chuck Schumer apparently never saw an attack on whites that he did not like. Schumer is a boil on the posterior of America. Apparently, Schumer will attack 2nd ammendment rights and condone the vicious criminal behavior of Tryavon and the New Black Panther Party. The New Black Panther Party is apparently doing its best again to ignite a race war by offering a bounty on the head of Zimmerman who was just defending himself against a vicious attack by a 6 foot 2 black thug, not a child. I would classify Schumer as an Irgun operative or at the least a Mossad operative.

  • Someone needs to ask Schumer how many justifiable homicides per year thee are in New York where you can’t carry a gun and where anyone with a gun is considered a criminal…

    Schumer cited statistics in Florida showing that before the law was approved, the state averaged 12 justifiable homicides per year. The average subsequent to the law’s enactment was 33…But, did he tell you that he supports illegal aliens, who, commit more crime, along with roving gangs, especially in the Miami area…

    Schumer is a phony liberal who, along with his buddy Al Sharpton, love to dance on the graves of people they have no knowledge of but only to foster their own careers…Also, how can Sharpton go on TV representing the famly of the young man who was killed, while representing MSNBC s a talk show host…(HUH???)…And let’s not forget the biggest phony in America…Jesse Jackson…You know, the guy who rubbed the blood of the Rev. Martin Luther King on his own shirt as he lay dead, to share in the glory of the moment…A real card carrying POS!…

    Then, there’s the NY Times who IDs the shooter as a "White hispanic"…I do believe that if the shooter was black, it wouldn’t have made the news and Sharpton and "Chuckie" would have swept the story under the table…

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