Eric Holder Slams 'Stand Your Ground' Laws
They need a 'hard look' in wake of Trayvon Martin case, he says
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 5:09 PM CDT
Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – Eric Holder may or may not end up filing a civil rights case against George Zimmerman, but he made one thing clear today in regard to the Trayvon Martin shooting: He hates stand-your-ground laws. Addressing the NAACP, the attorney general drew lengthy applause when he said it was "time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods," reports the Washington Post.

The laws, now on the books in 30 states, practically encourage confrontation and thus make the public less safe, he said. "It is our collective obligation—we must stand our ground— to ensure that our laws reduce violence, and take a hard look at laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent." (The Wall Street Journal has the full text.) His speech today follows one yesterday in which he referred to the "tragic, unnecessary shooting death" of Martin, notes AP.

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KDickley
Jul 21, 2013 7:17 PM CDT
Someone should slam Eric to the ground and step on his neck, like he's doing to America.
19_56_19_55
Jul 18, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
The stand your ground law is a good law if you feel your going to be assaulted buy someone you should be able to strike out with your fist or pepper spray in the eyes but there is no reason a clown like Zimmerman should have had a gun but he did he still had the option of wounding not killing if he would have done what the 911 operator told him this wouldn't be going on today. To me Zimmerman took advantage of the law. Neighborhood watch should always have at least two people patrol and at the most they should be able to do is pepper spray someone and hold him till police get there anything past that than you become the offender it may be too late for the Martin family but the future Neighborhood watch programs are usually organized and have two to three men walk the neighborhood at a certain time than another crew takes over and so on through the night. That does work real well in communities. I don't know how in Zimmerman's community one person can be on duty at least two people you have at the least a witness. Zimmerman stuck his nose in and was getting a good old fashioned ass whipping I don't think Martin would have killed him. For me it goes back when Zimmerman was told to back off I think that takes president over what he did.
slammer
Jul 17, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
someone should slam eric holder!