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  •  Stand your ground (3+ / 0-)
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    It is curious that when a black man is shoot, it is because of the scary threat posed by skittles, but when a black women fires a warning shot at her abusive husband, she gets 20 years.

    Fla. woman Marissa Alexander gets 20 years for "warning shot": Did she stand her ground?

    Critics, including Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), are crying foul.

    How, they ask, could a 31-year-old woman in a relationship with a man who had a history of domestic violence, and whose actions did not result in any physical injury, be sentenced to two decades in prison while George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Martin, is out on bail?

    "The Florida criminal justice system has sent two clear messages today," Rep. Brown said in a statement on May 11. "One is that if women who are victims of domestic violence try to protect themselves, the "Stand Your Ground Law" will not apply to them...The second message is that if you are black, the system will treat you differently."

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 10:01:50 AM PST

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    •  I remember that story... (2+ / 0-)
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      and the racial bias of 'stand your ground' laws came under fire, last year, too.

      Roman also found that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent.

      We demanded a plan to reduce gun violence. Now it's time to demand a vote.

      by tytalus on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 12:11:51 PM PST

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      •  Marissa's problem was the warning shot. (1+ / 0-)
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        In a nutshell:

        To fire is to take an action that includes lethal force.
        To act with lethal force requires a fear for your own health / safety.

        A "warning shot" is when you act with lethal force WITHOUT the required fear for your own immediate health / safety.

        Warning shots are illegal for good reason, whether the person letting loose is marissa or jill biden. Cops don't give warning shots because of where those bullets are actually going to hit, and they have immunity while they are in the line of duty!

        If the cops don't do it even when they know they can't get charged for the action, then it's a really bad idea for a non-cop person to do a warning shot.

        Or, as some people are now calling them "Biden shots".

        It's safe to trust a sane person with the keys to nuclear weapons, but it's not safe to trust an insane person with the cleaners under the kitchen sink. The answer is not more gun control, it's people care.

        by JayFromPA on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 01:00:07 PM PST

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