Gov. Rick Scott unlikely to agree to another review of state’s Stand Your Ground law
Guns don’t kill people, bad public policy does
Published: July 24, 2013
But what Scott seems unlikely to agree to is a renewed examination of the statute now that we know it encourages angry men to run with their guts and guns into a caustic situation that could likely end in the “self-defense” of murder. You know, call a special session and see if cooler heads could prevail in a hotheaded bicameral state legislature, just for the sake of looking like he gives a damn. Nope. Instead, Scott formally issued a statement on Friday calling for a day of prayer, because Jesus will fix this. Inaction now!
“I believe Stand Your Ground should stay in the books,” he told the protesters Thursday night, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “I agree with you, we should not have racial profiling.”
Which isn’t exactly true. Late last month, Scott seemed practically elated with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gutted the preclearance portion of the Voting Rights Act. Just three weeks after that decision, Scott’s administration worked to have a Tampa case challenging the state’s notorious racially charged voter purge of 2012 dismissed based on that decision, even as a congressional task force is drafting new provisions for preclearance as allowed by the Supreme Court ruling.
That racial line connecting the Zimmerman case and the Voting Rights Act wasn’t lost on U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who argued before a House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, according to the Palm Beach Post, that perhaps the two issues should be considered in tandem. Because, well, they are political, Governor.
Stand Your Ground laws, he said, “mainly protect white people who shoot a black person. Couldn’t one argue that Stand Your Ground laws and the use of such laws reflect modern racial bias in state laws and should be considered here in this context as we modernize our preclearance for (the) Voting Rights Act?”
Nope, that would make too much sense.
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