The usual suspects are trying to say that the "Stand Your Ground" laws are Republican policies run amok and they knew it was bad all along...
Reality's quite a different story...
Who to blame? Who to blame? Who to blame?...
‘Stand your ground’ laws not just GOP policy, records show
Despite liberal protesters’ claims that Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” gun law demonstrates that Republican policymakers are responsible for the February death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an analysis of its legislative history shows that it was a bipartisan effort — and that no Florida Democratic state senator voted against it.
One Democrat, Fort Lauderdale state Sen. Mandy Dawson, missed the vote. But the rest of the Senate chamber supported it, 39-0.
The Florida House vote was 92-20. Twelve Democrats voted in favor.
And of the 15 states that have passed variations of the law since 2005, the year Florida’s model legislation became law, eight — a majority — had Democratic governors when the laws were enacted. None issued a veto.
Democratic governors who signed “stand your ground” bills, or otherwise permitted them to become law, include Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana, Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Brian Schweitzer of Montana, John Lynch of New Hampshire, Brad Henry of Oklahoma, Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Janet Napolitano of Arizona – now the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
The bills in Louisiana and West Virginia passed with Democratic control of both houses in the states’ legislatures, in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
“Stand your ground” laws typically provide for a defense against homicide charges for a person who acts in self-defense when he believes his life is in danger — even if he chooses not to retreat before using deadly force.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm now hosts “The War Room” on Current TV. During her March 29 show, Granholm broadcast three separate segments blaming Republicans for what she described as “the type of [gun] laws that permit George Zimmerman to walk free today.” Responding to a guest who described “stand your ground” as “a bad law … just a bad law” Granholm responded, “Of course.”
Granholm signed Michigan’s “stand your ground” bill into law in 2006.
So Florida's Stand Your Ground passes the Senate with not one Democrat voting against it and EIGHT Democrat governors sign it into law in their own states after legislative passage...Two even done with Democratic control of both houses...
But it's the Republicans' fault...