John McCain joined with President Obama Sunday in calling for a review of Stand Your Ground laws, also known by some as Shoot First laws, in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
At least one of the jurors from Zimmerman’s trial has come forward and said that Stand Your Ground laws played heavily into their decision to find him not guilty.
Of course, nobody seems to pay much attention to laws in America anymore. Which would explain why countless Americans are murdered, a lot of them teens.
Our society has become a cesspool steeped in violence, and there aren’t enough port-a-potties available where people can seek shelter.
Stand Your Ground laws on the one hand seem to give a license to kill to people who feel threatened while on the other hand they are descendants of the old eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth doctrine of Biblical days of yore.
Normally, a citizen has a duty to retreat when confronted with what they perceive to be deadly force. The Stand Your Ground doctrine mostly removes that, meaning citizens who feel threatened are no longer required to try to quell a situation first before having the right to use deadly force in self-defense.
Granted, Jesus taught to turn the other cheek but that was before almost everybody was packing, many of whom apparently are afflicted with psoriasis on their itchy trigger fingers.
Speaking of Obama and the Zimmerman verdict, I give the president props for speaking out Friday on race.
He spoke from the heart about the black experience in America. We all are profiled to some degree (for instance, if you’re Polish some folks think your dumber than a fire plug), but blacks undoubtedly have experienced a disproportional amount over the decades. Of more recent vintage, Latinos and Muslims routinely are profiled.
Saying he would leave arguments about the verdict to legal analysts, Obama didn’t critique Zimmerman’s acquittal.
But Obama tried to explain the lens through which black Americans may see the case, saying that their own experiences and the country’s history with race form how many view what happened to Martin.
Obama’s remarks were a striking example of America’s first black president seeking to guide the country’s thinking on race without inflaming racial tensions or undermining the judicial system.
Sadly, even electing our first black president didn’t erase the stark racial divide in America.
Color us ignorant.