April 19th, 2012
01:33 AM ET

Trayvon Martin: Governor to name task force to look at gun law

Florida's governor will announce Thursday morning who will be part of a task force that will look at the state's gun laws in the aftermath of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

In March, as outrage was growing about the shooting, Governor Rick Scott said that Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll would lead the task force but said he would take time to figure out some of the other members.

"After listening to many concerned citizens in recent days, I will call for a Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection to investigate how to make sure a tragedy such as this does not occur in the future," Scott said at the time.

Also Thursday, Sanford, the city where the shooting took place, has scheduled a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. to provide members of the public an opportunity to discuss the incident, according to the Sanford mayor's office.

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  1. mickey1313

    Sad, if a black man shot a white man they wouldn't be making a deal out of it, but you play the race game and now they want to overturn a voted upon gun law. I think stand your ground should be the national law.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    I agree 100% with mickey1313.
    A national law like this would cause the crime rate to plummet.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      It depends what you call crime. Is what Zimmerman did a crime? And if so, how many cases of this would it lead to?
      That's not lowering crime, its just changing the dynamic.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. N Tyler

    Stand your ground law would be bad everybody would started to have exsue to kill us black people why is we so hated because the color of our skin that we didnt even make.Its very sad and hurtful.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. JerseyJeff

    I am a legal gun owner and marksman sports enthusiast. I believe every citizen, who has no criminal record and does not have mental problems, should have the right to own firearms.

    With that in mind, I am saying this law has to go.

    It leaves too much open for abuse, leaves too much room for vigilante actions and accidents and it's only a matter of time until somebody or a number of people do something that gives gun owners a bad name and leads to further restrictions. Mr. Zimmerman, whether you realize it or not, hurt gun owners and gun rights more than any fear-mongering anti-gun politician who never fired a gun in his entire life and the NRA is making a HUGE mistake by venturing into politics that does not involve gun rights and defending the indefensible. They make guys like me, who works, makes a living, pays taxes and supports his family like some gun toting idiot.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pedro'

    Guns are dangerous and bad. People just don't need them.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      Spoken like a man that never learned to shoot or respect firearms.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Candy

      Guns are not dangerous. It is an inaminate object and only dangerous is a human being pulls the trigger.

      April 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The gun did not kill Trayvon.
    Racism did not kill Trayvon.
    Racism and professional racists made the "outrage."
    If guns are made illegal, criminals will still have them.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Barney

    It may not have been racism BUT zimmerman DID profile that kid! And no im not black and yes i know how to fire a gun, but this man was lookin for a reason, so he made one up. If it was a white kid and a black man all of YOU would be screamin jesus!

    April 19, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Candy

      Barney you are so wrong. Zimmerman had no idea his color of skin when he first saw him. He had on a hood and it was dark and raining. Those are facts but I guess you know something that none of us do. Could Martin's finger prints be in those houses that was burglarized? Just wondering. Since you know it all maybe you know the answer.

      April 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cricket

      Didn't you hear all of the other 911 calls made about suspiscioous people Zimmy made? Every one of them was about a black person.

      April 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I agree with mickey1313 and Bob regarding a national stand-your-ground law.
    The rights of a burglar should not supersede the rights of the burglar's victim.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Thank you. In America we penalize honest citizens and protect the criminals, the border states should use stand your ground to curb illegal immigration also. We need to send a clear message that crime does not pay.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Cricket

      How true, if one is breaking into your house, and not just a person walking down the street.

      April 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Armyz

    Why is it that the same people who are against guns are also anti-death penalty? The second ammendment clearly gives us the" right to bear arms". Not only to defend ourselves from people but also the government. That was stated by our founding fathers. What happened to Trayvon is an isolated incident that unfortunately happened. There are 1000's of cases were it was a black man killing a white person and no outrage, so where is the equality??

    April 19, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      They don't want equal, they want special. They want equal pay, but special treatment. The " civil rights" leaders are hypocrites, they don't see or care that by making a deal out of one murder but not doing more to control the gang issue, they create racism, not curb it. Jesse Jackson and al sharpton make the problem, they do not solve anything.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Charles manson

    If it was a blackman that killed a white kid, that same blackman would have been murdered himself, so quit abusing the race card

    April 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Candy

      Strange that you say that but in reality it does not work that way. In September 2010 a black man had an arguement with an unarmed veteran went back to his house got his pistol returned to the park. When the vet saw the gun he tried to get it away from him – his daughter was there. Long story short the black man shot the white man and there has hardly been a blip from the media in the Tampa area. The black man was arrested 3 weeks later since he claimed it was Stand Your Ground, posted bail the next day and is still free with no sentence as of yet. He will never serve a day in prison. Why is this so different?

      April 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Candy

    I too am sick of the race card being played here, major over kill, if you will. What if Zimmerman had to shoot Martin to keep him from taking his legal fire arm and killing him instead. However with the mentality shown by the blacks – even if found not guilty, which he should be, he will still have to hide because some people just do not respect the laws of the land.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Since it was raised as a parallel issue, I want to state clearly that I am in favour of the death penalty.
    I support the right to own licensed guns.

    April 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |