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July 17th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Scrutiny intensifies over "Stand Your Ground"

Protesters are flooding the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott today demanding the repeal of the "Stand Your Ground" law.

The White House weighed in urging states to take a second look at the law and other similar laws across the country.

"I think the issues is, are they effective? Do they have unintended consequences? And it's the President's views that the goal should be here to reduce gun violence so that we have fewer tragic deaths as a result of gun violence," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Critics of "Stand Your Ground" say it leads to unfair bias against African-Americans, but a new case-by-case study paints a much more complicated picture.

Our John Zarrella has the story.

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  1. Jay Wilkes

    When the verdict was announced, Van Jones of CNN tweeted, "Racism Won". I would be willing to bet Mr. Jones, and a number of your recent guests, were standing and cheering when OJ Simpson was declared "not guilty" of the slaughter of two white Americans. A double standard is beginning to exist in America today, and I, for one, and sick and tired of it. I find the biggest racists are Black Americans. White Americans weren't out in the streets overturning cars and destroying other's property when OJ's verdict came down. We may not have liked it, but it was out justice system at work, and we accepted it. If I don't like you, it isn't because you are black or white or yellow or green. It is because you are either and idiot, unkind and cruel, and those come in all colors. Don't cry "racist" at me. It has been too often used, and it won't work with me any longer. Why aren't you talking about this?

    July 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  2. A Joe

    We do not need new laws to give us a right to defend ourselves against those who would wrongly do great bodily harm or kill us. We did fine without these "stand your ground and castle doctrine laws" before. Why do we need them now? These laws are an unnecessary evil.

    July 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply

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