May 1st, 2012
02:36 AM ET

Task force meets to look at Florida's 'Stand Your ground' law

A task force created by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to examine the state's "Stand Your Ground" law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting meets for the first time Tuesday.

Seventeen people will tackle the issue of whether the controversial law should be changed in light of the death of the unarmed teenager.

The task force, whose membership was announced last month, will take testimony at public meetings across the state. The first session will be held in the state capital, Tallahassee.

"We're not walking into this with any preconceived notions," Gov. Rick Scott said at an April 19 news conference. If there are "logical changes to be made," he said, the task force "will provide those."

Recommendations from the group will be passed along to the governor and the Legislature.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Mr Dalloway

    This law gives people card Blanche to hunt people.

    May 1, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I'm not a law maker, but the discerning decisions should be very definitive between self defense and murder, in the stand your ground law.
    The law already has definitive answers to questions regarding all felony classes of murder, but, not how it relates to stand your ground.
    Unfornatley, Travon Martin has to let the law stand his ground "for him".

    May 1, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pete

    This law was put into action by a republican Jeb Bush,who owed the NRA a favor, when he ran for governor of Florida.This law should be repealed,as it gives to much leway to owners of guns,legal or not.People today see bad in everyone,they're bombarded with shows on TV depicting everyone,even grandma as a gun toting thug.We have to sit back and take a more intelligent approach to this problem,because the only ones benefiting from this are the gun shop owners and funeral homes,both that recieve more recipients during this economic rebuilding process.Both parties,the gun owners and their victims are innocent pawns in another poor judgement call because of political ignorence.So just repeal the law,NRA or not, and make it a more stringent law,make gun owners think twice before ending both lives.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tooter

    Leave the law alone. If someone attacks me I want the right to protect myself. That is the American way not reserved for Florida.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Tooter,yes,to a point.I hope your an intelligent gun owner,as myself.Not a guy like that vigilante type Zimmerman,who roamed the streets looking for his FIRST KILL.He's the problem with this law,his brain worked slower than his trigger finger,at 3.5 doesn't take long to get a permanent result from a bad decision ,especially if your out there looking like Bronson in Death Wish,and that also had a lousy ending,remember!!!

      May 1, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed, and to Pete, it was 1 murder. It happens all the time. There is no way to count the number of crimes detoured by this law. I'm not a gun owner, but knives... if someone threatens me, they are going to get stuck, and i garentee they will not threaten anyone again.

      May 1, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @Jeff- one of the nicest post I have seen from you, for a law enforcement officer and *republican*. lol Have a great day Jeff.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |

    From the moment the media chose to hype this incident, it is a pattern or in reality a formula, it was obvious much more was at stake than just a Legal Finding of Justifiable shooting.

    The anticipated overreaction came right on cue as the media used every literary trick in has to arouse the emotions of a body of politics that much like a junkie are always looking for a fix to get their high on.

    This stand your ground law is not a hunting licence it is an attempt to protect the weak who due to laws based not on fact but emotional instability that are contrary to the rights of those who have chosen to defend themselves from possability of death or serious bodily harm.

    Just as in the case of a Police shooting each incident is reviewed by the legal system, and if ANYONE wants to there are LEGAL REMEDYS to challenge those findings.

    The roll of the police force is to firstly protect the instruments of a civil society and not your individual butts, they enforce the laws of Cival Property so you can carry on your daily lives in a predictably safe manner, and in so doing, to LIMIT the opportunitys of a criminal element to disrupt your life.

    They CANNOT eliminate every threat, and the ones they cannot, then those are the times when INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY is called for.

    How that YOU, as an individual, choose to react to a threat of deadly harm when no other means are a available at that instance, should only be judged as an act of self defence as the criminal is no longer member of that Cival Society.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      My hat goes off to you and veratas, your posts gives me some faith in Americans. I'm liberal by nature, but that does not mean i want the rights of criminals protected the expense of honest people

      May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Veritas

    Defense of self or third parties at imminent risk of serious bodily injury or death is an inherent, natural, divine right. Cops are at best reactive. They show up after a crime has occurred, after there's a victim. Maybe if they're adequately trained and that jurisdiction has the tax base to afford forensic testing they can compile convictable evidence, but usually not. And there's still a victim.

    To own, private property, is the right to exclude others. Gated communities are that collective right, a community of neighbors keeping out riff raff. The Sanford, Florida situation eveolved in substantial part because of police dereliction: Cops were not responsive to the frequent trespassing and thievery of people in that neighborhood who were not supposed to be there.

    This is a trend of the future. All population groups are not equally capable of making a living, and some are predisposed to use force and violence to take from others. The more congested the US becomes, the more gated communities will emerge, and the more they woill be preyed upon.

    Expand "Stand your ground" laws. You have the right to be secure in your personhood and not be victimized by societal losers. Trust the cops to keep you safe and you soon will be a disappointed victim.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. mickey1313

    So what about the black man who was not charged with murder under this law? The whole idea of a commission about a law that was called for by the people is absurd. Racists, the lot of those who wish for a repeal are all racists. They are saying that criminals have rights but victims do not.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    I'm a registered gun owner Mickey and not a racist,look in the mirror,knife owners don't have the resposibility a gun owner has,there's no comparison,not even close.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      I agree Pete, but legally speaking, a gang banger pulls a gun, and i slit his throat, and they give more murder2, that is crap. I'm not a gun owner not because I'm against guns at all, but due to the fact that i don't want to be in a data base controlled by the fascist elite. Believe me, i support responsible gun owners 100%

      May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |

    I to am a registered gun owner and own both registered and unregistered wepons. Some of which have been used as a deterent, but I would have never dared to presume that, Mr. Zimmerman was a, "Vigilante just wandering the streets looking for his first kill ".
    Unless one is close to Mr. Zimmerman, very close, and knows ALL aspects, including the character of both persons involved, and was a wittnes to the incident. Along with being a rrsident knowlegable on why residents supported him as blockwatch, what is such a statement built upon?

    May 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Hide Behind,I'm in Florida and hear a lot more than what's televised nationally.Police dispatchers definitly told Zimmerman to stay away from Martin and let the police officers in the area come there to intervene and investigate of which Zimmerman then went ahead on foot to see what Martin was up to ,even after being warned by authorities.His past has him repeadedly calling the station on everything,as much as 46 times in a month,wearing military fatigues to Home Owner Association meeting with his gun on,wearing his gun everywhere,even going to the local store were he first saw Martin that night.He has the wrong mentality for a responsible gun owner,he as a volunteer community watch person is not,I mean not, to carry a loaded weapon anytime during his watch.He's only the eyes and ears for the community and police,not the resident vigilante.I ran and organized community watch programs with police and never were you allowed a loaded weapon on your person.Ask police,if they knew he,Zimmerman had a gun on him ,he'd be dismissed from the program,a well known fact..The facts will eventually come out and show he was wrong in his actions and that's why they need a more strengent gun control policy just because of incidents like this.And Mickey,as a gun owner and a democrate,you'd be dead before ya stuck me because I wouldn't let you get close enough to get between me and my Glock 29 pistol,let's just say you'd be toast.Take care and thanks for the talk....

      May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |


    Never never bring a knife to a gunfight, for one reason ONLY, It is harder than hell to kill a man with a knife!
    Talking serious stuff, slashed throat without conttrol of agressors body and he can, and most likely will, still waste you!
    Anytime a weapon is pointed at you the odds are on the side of the man with the gun and even with a gun concealed on your person they remain the same, bad odds!
    The old rule of run if you can is the best rule of all.
    The best rule on the street is avoid the possibilitys and the second best rule,and probably should be number 1, is to never, NEVER, say you would take a life even in self defence!
    If ever comes a time you may be forced to, no matter the reality of the situation at that time and place, you to may find yourself labled as "A vigilante just walking the streets looking for his first kill!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |