March 22nd, 2012
09:20 PM ET

Repeal "Stand Your Ground" law?

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to two individuals on opposing sides of the "Stand Your Ground" law - the very law at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting case.

Since the law was passed in 2005, justifiable homicides have more than tripled in the state of Florida.  Florida State Senator Oscar Branyon is trying to change the law and has called for a special hearing.  Defense attorney and Former President of Broward Association of Criminal Lawyers, Bradford Cohen disagrees.

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  1. Bubsman

    I have the unfortunite social standing in amerika, where i cannot leagely possess a fire arm, and am alarmingly awear of the racist biast shared by a good majority of "leagal"gun holders. I am in fear,sometimes even to the point of terror(when they know i'm w/out a weapon). W/no right to bear arms,and no equal protection of the law, i feel the stand your ground "law" as just a not so distant relative of old jim crow, and as the newest way to leagely kill...

    April 17, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  2. Alex Welsh

    God forbid if someone tries to kill me I don't have to go to trail to prove innocence.

    April 1, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  3. Patricia Webb

    I find it appalling that no one has even approached the issue that Trayvon also had a right to stand his ground when this supposed vigilante was stalking him niether knew the other and both had the same rights. Zimmerman should have remained at home, but, since he didn't a child is gone. He should have listened to the dispatcher. HE SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN HIS CAR SINCE HE CHOSE TO LEAVE HIS HOME, AND HE CLEARLY SHOULD HAVE LET THE LAW, WHOM ARE TRAINED TO HANDLE THESE SITUATIONS, hANDLE THE SITUATION.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  4. Patterson Stone

    Did Zimmerman call 911 as Trayvon lay dying? If not, why not? We know his phone could dial that number. Why did neighbors have to call for help to save this severely injured boy? We know that Zimmerman's "injuries" didn't keep him from functioning. Did he just want to watch him die?

    March 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  5. Marilyn Delconte

    Regarding Travon's tragic murder, the Florida stand-your-ground law has nothing to do with this incident. Zimmerman was watching Travon; Travon was just walking to his residence in the the complex. Zimmerman went after Travon and confronted him for no reason, apparently created a scuffle, and shot this child. The most disturbing part of this case is that Zimmerman is not in jail because of a the stand-your-ground law. What is he holding his ground for...an unarmed child whom he chased after. Pitiful. Distressingly sad. They need to stop any administrative actions on the police chief or others and get this murderer arrested.

    March 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • Marilyn Delconte

      Correction to spelling of name: Trayvon

      March 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  6. Peter Hill

    Let's not start pulling the "guns are the problem" argument in a case like this. Guns are not the problem, the clowns behind the guns who don't show common sense are the problem! Remember, gun control disarms the victims, not the criminals! The stand your ground law is intended to protect people who are in legitimate danger of being attacked and to prevent them from being charged for using legitimate force to protect themselves, which was not the case here. Similar to cases where a burglar was shot while breaking into a home and the homeowner was charged for shooting the burglar-this is why "stand your ground" was passed! In this case, the shooter was not in any danger and should be charged!

    March 23, 2012 at 2:53 am | Reply
  7. Daniel Lockwood

    It is ludicrous when a 140 lb teenager, who has not committed any wrong-doing, and is unarmed, and is being pursued, must prove after he has been killed, that he was the one acting in self defense from a 250 lb man, with a loaded 9mm firearm, told NOT to pursue, and all people can wonder is why the killer was bleeding???????? Common sense says he was hurt when Trayvon tried to defend himself from an attacker!!! Zimmerman was in complete control of this situation. I am outraged!

    March 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  8. Matt

    I dont know the wording of the stand your ground law but if standing your ground includes shooting a defenslise 17 year old then yeah it's needs to be repiled but i doupt that is the reason this law was passed however in this case there is no argument of self deffense this zimmermin guy easly out weighs Trayvon Martin and o yeah zimmermin had a gun i belive a 9mm and pointed it at Trayon and Trayvon beg for his life you ask me zimmermin is a cold blooded killer and sould be treated as such and any law enforcment officer or agency that backs him should not be part of lawenforcement since they do not understand there job which is to protect the public instead of make murder leagel

    March 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  9. Daniel Asuncion

    Hi Sinatra! [That's my nickname for you, Erin, since his eyes were unusually blue too!!

    But seriously, back to a tragically compelling story. Earlier this afternoon,
    I stumbled upon a fascinating WIKIPEDIA article on HARRY T. MOORE...

    March 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply

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