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More people can use lethal force in self defense than ever before

Americans are more empowered than they have ever been by stand your ground or similar laws to use firearms to protect themselves and their property, though the laws are applied inconsistently across the country, a News21 analysis shows. ... Read more»1

Tucson for Trayvon vigil speakers hope to spark change

Saturday morning, about 100 people gathered in El Presidio Park for a day of action in honor of Trayvon Martin. The event, organized by the UA Black Student Union, was one of hundreds of vigils planned to take place throughout the nation. "We don’t want it to stop here. A lot of times we see people get enraged and angry about things like this and then it just sort of dies down," one attendee said.... Read more»2

McCain praises Obama speech: 'Still got a long way to go' on race

Sen. John McCain called on lawmakers across the country, including in Arizona, to review the Stand Your Ground law that allowed George Zimmerman to walk free in the days after he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and conceded that the country still has “a long way to go” towards achieving full equality for African Americans.... Read more»

Jesse Kelly contrasts Zimmerman trial protests with absent McRib

Former Republican congressional candidate Jesse Kelly, a two-time loser in Southern Arizona House races, weighed in on the George Zimmerman trail on Facebook on Friday, contrasting the protests over the verdict with the lack of uproar over an absent fast-food sandwich. "Misplaced rage: Thousands of people protesting ... and not ONE ... demanding the return of McDonald's McRib," he wrote.... Read more»1

Trayvon Martin

In gun control debate, no discussion of 'stand your ground'

Before the mass shootings in a Connecticut school, a Colorado theater, and a Wisconsin Sikh temple, a shot from Sanford, Fla., was heard around the world. One year ago, a neighborhood watch volunteer took the life of an unarmed teenager, inciting international outrage and causing President Obama to reflect on how the teen could have been his own son.... Read more»

Az killing among 5 ‘Stand Your Ground’ cases to know

A recent Tampa Bay Times investigation identified nearly 200 instances since 2005 where the state's Stand Your Ground law has played a factor in prosecutors' decisions, jury acquittals or a judge's call to throw out the charges. ... Read more»

Fla.'s 'Stand Your Ground' defense fails in 2 cases

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which has been used to defend George Zimmerman's murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, failed as a defense strategy in two separate court cases.... Read more»

ALEC scraps voter ID, 'Stand Your Ground' task force

The American Legislative Exchange Council — facing pressure for backing voter ID and ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws — has announced it is eliminating the task force that deals with such issues.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Rick rolls, powerful tweets, and a stay-at-home martyr

Rick Santorum reaches a climax, George Zimmerman sleeps behind bars, and we hear Ann Romney is some sort of saint. It's been a big week in politics. Here's the roundup.... Read more»

Grijalva, Dems file challenge to SB 1070 with Supreme Court

House Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, on Tuesday filed a challenge to Arizona’s SB 1070, the immigration law to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month.... Read more»2

NRA pushed 'stand your ground' laws across U.S.

The National Rifle Association used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to push stand-your-ground laws through state legislatures.... Read more»

Az among 23 states with self-defense laws like Florida's

“Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First," “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Arizona is among the many states with a similar statute.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Trayvon Martin and Florida’s right to murder law

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is so bad you have to wonder whether it was written accidentally by idiots or on purpose by morons. ... Read more»