Kris Smyth
Kris Smyth

I am not at all in favor of gun control.. this law may need to be looked at and issues addressed but not repealed. As a cop for the last 14 years I know that we can't be every where all the time and the time it takes to respond isn't as fast as most would like ( you have to arrive not wreck to be any help plus not hurt someone trying to help others) The media is most of the problem in most cases. They only tell the part of the story that will serve their own interests. That was already...

I am not at all in favor of gun control.. this law may need to be looked at and issues addressed but not repealed. As a cop for the last 14 years I know that we can't be every where all the time and the time it takes to respond isn't as fast as most would like ( you have to arrive not wreck to be any help plus not hurt someone trying to help others) The media is most of the problem in most cases. They only tell the part of the story that will serve their own interests. That was already proven with Today Show editing of video. There should be a gag order on all crimes until the investigation is over. They keep saying that public has a right to know, ok then tell the truth and the entire story or shut the heck up. Again gag order to not report on it in the first place.. hello! I can't or wont comment on Martin and Zimmerman case other than I don't know anymore about it than the parts the media wants you to hear. If Zimmerman turns out to be wrong then I think he slipped through a crack in the process of obtaining a gun. but then again,, as a cop.. If you are wearing a gun in plain sight and get into a fight and loosing. Your life is in real threat if your gun is taken away.

Ladarron Jones
Ladarron Jones
  • Kris Smyth

I can understand what your saying but if you a gun on you in plane sight & felt you was being harmed by a teenager smaller than yourself you dont need to have a gun in the first place!!!!

Kris Smyth
Kris Smyth
  • Kris Smyth

Ladarron Jones I'm not supporting what Zimmerman did.. I have my reservations about the shooting as Martin was not armed.. burn him if he is wrong. But that being said,, Unless you have found yourself in a position where the only thing left is to use the gun no matter if it's one person or several, if they are armed or not. I am not saying because you have it in plaint sight gives anyone the right to go to that first. It has happened before where an otherwise ordinary contact has turned...

Ladarron Jones I'm not supporting what Zimmerman did.. I have my reservations about the shooting as Martin was not armed.. burn him if he is wrong. But that being said,, Unless you have found yourself in a position where the only thing left is to use the gun no matter if it's one person or several, if they are armed or not. I am not saying because you have it in plaint sight gives anyone the right to go to that first. It has happened before where an otherwise ordinary contact has turned wrong and the officer was jumped and killed with his own gun. I guess I don't understand what your point is about someone younger and smaller than you and not needing the gun. If it's a cop then it known they carry a gun and if you do loose a fight your gun can be used against you. And if you are not aware of your situation you can be jumped even by someone smaller and younger. I don't know what this Zimmerman did but I think security guard and failed in his attempts to become a cop. If they would not take him there is probably a reason for him to not have had a gun in the first place. Also this information I have is from the media so take that for what it's worth !!

Don Owens
Don Owens

So many heartles acts of violance in this country. But to remove the only law that allows many to feel safe isn't the answer. Research 'Violence By Teens Erupting in France, where no one can leagelly own a gun and wonder how they sleep at night.

Bruce Fletcher Bedell
Bruce Fletcher Bedell

No, they shouldn't repeal the law! I don't want some bleeding hart type telling me not to defend my family home or stuff, cause they say oh he/she is misunderstood and it's not their fault. That's the problem, people not taking responsibly for their actions. if you can't do the time don't do the crime.

Bree Odum
Bree Odum

I am not fully familiar with stand your ground law---but "justifiable" self defense always overruled and aided the defendant. But "justifiable" is always subjective. Those are the issues with the law, it's not clear cut. I personally would not be in fear of Tryvon even if it was midnight, but then there are others who are fearful of other races (men or women) and instantly go into 'protective mode'.... I have seen it, a black man dressed in regular casual clothing walks too close to a young...

I am not fully familiar with stand your ground law---but "justifiable" self defense always overruled and aided the defendant. But "justifiable" is always subjective. Those are the issues with the law, it's not clear cut. I personally would not be in fear of Tryvon even if it was midnight, but then there are others who are fearful of other races (men or women) and instantly go into 'protective mode'.... I have seen it, a black man dressed in regular casual clothing walks too close to a young white female and instantly she clutches her purse... you go up to a person and they are outside of your race to ask for direction and they immediately start running away...the list is endless! BUT bottom line this law need to be clear cut and defined.

Parks Mangum
Parks Mangum

You never did hear about the three Blks that threw gas on a Cau. boy and set it a fire did you. I carry and before I was held up while exercising but no more. The ones that don't carry and stand their side has to say yes sir and the ones that carry can protect themselves.

Marie Green
Marie Green

Due to ALEC efforts, this insidious thief of freedom steals from us all throughout the nation. In a broken justice system, this law is not being dispensed equally. The results demand a national repeal of this law. No one has the right in a democracy to be judge, jury, and prosecutor. That's if you want a democracy that is. ?? We learned a long time ago, the movie featuring the OK Corral showdown is a story and should not be played out in our society on a daily basis. However, this law...

Due to ALEC efforts, this insidious thief of freedom steals from us all throughout the nation. In a broken justice system, this law is not being dispensed equally. The results demand a national repeal of this law. No one has the right in a democracy to be judge, jury, and prosecutor. That's if you want a democracy that is. ?? We learned a long time ago, the movie featuring the OK Corral showdown is a story and should not be played out in our society on a daily basis. However, this law has reintroduced us back to the wild wild west again since justice will mean who can draw their gun the fastest to survive. Are we to enter society to work, play and do business with our side-arms strapped to our hips daily? Is this what we really want as a nation? Is it a democracy at that point? It is not being used as a defensive mechanism in all situations. We spend thousands and thousands of dollars hiring our Police and other law enforcement personnel to be our side-arm for us. What do we do with them nation-wide? Tell them to go home, we don't need you??? I don't know about you but I don't want to wear a gun on my hip everyday nor do I want my children eager to learn how to shoot a gun as oppose to learning how to drive a car correctly! We do not have freedom at all in this country if we keep these laws in place.

This is another element of this nation-wide race to the bottom as a country. Why must we go there to remember the lessons we have learned a long long time ago? Awareness is Key! Get there please.

Celeste Rigby
Celeste Rigby

The "Stand Your Ground Law" does need clarification for the future. There are people out there who use the "self defence" excuse as purely that - an excuse to do others harm or not deal with the situation better. However, if people are genuinely in a dangerous situation they should be able to defend themselves without fear of penalty. There's a difference between looking for trouble and genuine self defence and people shouldn't have to fear being penalised and prosecuted for defending...

The "Stand Your Ground Law" does need clarification for the future. There are people out there who use the "self defence" excuse as purely that - an excuse to do others harm or not deal with the situation better. However, if people are genuinely in a dangerous situation they should be able to defend themselves without fear of penalty. There's a difference between looking for trouble and genuine self defence and people shouldn't have to fear being penalised and prosecuted for defending themselves in a dangerous situation. Innocent until proven guilty. The Law needs restructure not repeal.

John Young
John Young

should not been on books in the first place repeal..............

Rev. Roosevelt Baums
Rev. Roosevelt Baums

The Stand your Ground Law should be revoke, now.

Pam Kuenstler
Pam Kuenstler

I think what happpened was a tragedy for all concerned. It was something that changed lives forever on both sides. there is human pain and hurting on both sides. but changing laws during a public outcry is simply a knee jerk reaction that in the end violates the rights of thousands. no decisions should ever be made dung emotional times that creates extremeism. I think the news media should be penelized for inciting the situation. I don't know wht happened for sure, no one does. everyone is...

I think what happpened was a tragedy for all concerned. It was something that changed lives forever on both sides. there is human pain and hurting on both sides. but changing laws during a public outcry is simply a knee jerk reaction that in the end violates the rights of thousands. no decisions should ever be made dung emotional times that creates extremeism. I think the news media should be penelized for inciting the situation. I don't know wht happened for sure, no one does. everyone is doing to this man the same thing he is accused of doing. presumption of innocence is a myth. time to stop and not let the news be the jury in all cases. america home of the free? it would be hard to be on either side of this on a personal level. I feel for everyone. we are far too quick to jump to conclusions. I have lived in a predominately black area and was harassesd and pulled over also. because I didn't fit the demographics. it was a pain but they recognize you after awhile, and if you haven't caused trouble they let up. same with any demographic. its not a perfect world if it were then they wouldn't need to judge us. sterotypes are everywhere for every color. lets morn the tragic loss. lets come together for good. to prevent this. the condemnation of another young man is bloodthirsty and barbaric.
everyone knows that emotion clouds the mind, yet we let it rule. we come together and the courts follow. people follow. I'm a liberal, very much so. but when I feel too emotional I have to step back and talk to someone logical. In this case there hasn't been anyone to stand on the side of logic and reason. its out of control. I now feel sorry for the young man who was swept up in a lynch mob. is that okay?
people are afraid to say anything on his behalf. he is a scared young man that is going to have to live with what happened. HE WAS JUMPED, and he assumed that they also had weapon. yes he followed him, and for good cause the guy was up to something or why jump him.
where is the civil liberties that belong to all of us.
who is going to make sure that he isn't convicted because people are afraid of what would happen if they don't. this has been the most unconstitutional incident ive ever witnessed. and yet people are afraid to speak,
im waiting for some group to bstand tall against the madness. gag orders should be placed until after trial and people should have their right again. I'm angry that the society is sacrificing a man to the lynch mob. are you next?

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