Lawmaker: Stand Your Ground Law Is About Self Control, Not Gun Control

Source: Jeff Kunerth / Orlando Sentinel 

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law came under attack from black legislators, journalists and civil rights activists today during the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists.

The law, enacted in 2005, played a role in the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

“What Stand Your Ground did was fundamentally change the self-defense laws in Florida,” State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, told black journalists meeting at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. “Stand Your Ground defines what self-defense is.”

State Rep. Alan B. Williams, D-Tallahassee, said the characterization of the Stand Your Ground law as a gun-control issue is misplaced.

“It’s not about gun control. It’s about self-control,” Williams told broadcaster Roland Martin. “We hunt too. But we don’t hunt young men minding their own business.”

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