Monday, March 26, 2012

#JusticeFor Trayvon Sen. Chuck Schumer Request The AG Examine "The Shoot First Vigilante Laws" and American Evangelical Taliban To Liberals & Non-Christians: 'Get Out' of America! (Santorum Pastor Intro)


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Jesse Jackson Trayvon As Martyr the death of an innocent :
Churches Amplify Call for Justice for Trayvon

Published on Mar 25, 2012 by AssociatedPress
African-American community churches around the nation on Sunday amplified the call for justice in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Jesse Jesse preached a sermon on the teen's death in Eatonville, Fla. (March 25)

The justification given for the killing of Trayvon Martin appears to be flawed on several grounds.

George Zimmerman's first line of defense which was accepted without question by the police was that he invoked the "Stand Your Ground Law". The police investigation was tainted by the officer's in charge with their acceptance of Zimmerman's statement about this incident as being the truth without questioning what happened by asking eye-witnesses and going over other evidence such as the telephone calls Zimmerman made to the police. The police didn't bother to check out Zimmerman's back ground or recent behavior such as calling the police over 40 times in the past year reporting on suspicious activity which all turned out to be false alarms or trivial.

My own opinion is that this law is just a new form of "Jim Crow" law or a re-introduction of laws permitting Lynching under a different guise or branding.

In reference to the Travon Martin killing I was suggesting that of course one of the big issues here is Florida's "Shoot First" Law aka "Stand Your Ground Law" which may have been enacted motivated by racism so it would be objectionable just on those grounds.

The other connected issue is that this law and its counterparts in 25 other states in America should be examined because they appear to encourage "vigilantism" which undermines law and order and the public's well being.

The law intended or not leads to an escalation of threats and violence in what otherwise might be a simple altercation or misunderstanding. For this we can suppose hypothetical situations which might result in an unnecessary tragedy. For instance a white person who is apprehensive whenever Black people come near them in a public space that when approached by a black person they shoot them but later it is discovered the black individual wanted to ask the time or to get directions or mistook the white person for someone else or is simply a panhandler . Given this scenario we can change the skin color of the apprehensive individual : so an African American or Hispanic is approached by a white person and "Shoots First " would these proponents of these laws support the person of color's interpretation of events and immediately drop the case calling it self-defense.

I suggested that the US Attorney General's office should investigate these laws to determine if they are unconstitutional or contravene the rights of individual citizens or is enacted against a specific group or minority.

There are those who ater examining these Shoot First laws argue that these laws are either poorly written or written deliberately in a manner that opens them up to fairly wide latitude for interpretation .

Another question would be whether or not these Vigilante laws are within the jurisdiction of a state to enact or enforce-ie is this a case of over-reach by these states.

Schumer calls for federal probe of 'Stand Your Ground' laws after Florida shooting at Fox News, March 25, 2012

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.

GOP tweaking law and order message as the tide sympathetic to Killing of Trayvon Martin increases
Meanwhile public opinion and the media showing concern over the "Stand Your Ground Laws" as being a form of Vigilantism which puts everyone at risk.
Given the high profile of the Trayvon Martin case the republicans and conservative appear to have gone into damage control mode fearing the back lash over the "Stand Your Groud Laws" which have been enacted in 26 states.

Republican leaders express sympathy, support 'stand your ground' at Fox ,March 24, 2012

Republicans leaders are saying the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teen is a tragedy but remain supportive of the “Stand Your Ground” law the state passed in 2005 and say the legislation doesn’t apply to the case.

Former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, who signed the bill into law, said Friday evening the law shouldn't protect the neighborhood watch captain who hasn't been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

"Stand your ground means stand your ground,” Bush said following a speech at the University of Texas at Arlington. “It doesn't mean chase after somebody who's turned their back."

The Young Turks comment on Pastor introducing Rick Santorum at a political/religious rally.
American Evangelical Taliban To Liberals & Non-Christians: 'Get Out' of America! (Santorum Pastor Intro)

The Young Turks comment on Christian Right Pro-Life Leader Randall Terry in a bizarre video in which Terry attacks progressive Media including Rachel Maddow, The Young Turks, Talking Points Memo,Salon .com,

Anyway adding to this Randall Terry while speaking to pro-lifers wears a funky purple hat and a Man-Fur (coat) ala Oscar Wilde or Truman Capote. Is he sure he's not Gay.
This seems to be a pattern among the Christian Right pro-Family, Pro-Life anti-Gay extremists that a number of their most outspoken leaders turn out to be Gay. I have no problem with these Conservative leaders being Gay but it is the irony and hypocrisy which is may seem funny but is also disturbing.

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