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Mon Mar 26, 2012, 01:55 PM

 

ALEC Statement on Trayvon's Murder

Trayvon Martin’s death was a great tragedy that brings sadness to all of us. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and community.

It is a great shame that some are using this tragedy to further their political ends. Indeed, Paul Krugman describes advancing his political goals as the “silver lining to Trayvon Martin’s killing.” That is as callous as it is cruel, and it is also incorrect. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law was the basis for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s model legislation, not the other way around. Moreover, it is unclear whether that law could apply to this case at all. “Stand Your Ground” or the “Castle Doctrine” is designed to protect people who defend themselves from imminent death and great bodily harm. It does not allow you to pursue another person. It does not allow you to seek confrontation. It does not allow you to attack someone who does not pose an imminent threat. What it does is allow you to defend yourself and your family from immediate and real danger.

In the end, we will always respect people who disagree with us in matters of policy, but it is simply wrong to try to score political points by taking advantage of a great tragedy like Trayvon’s death.

Contact: Kaitlyn Buss at kbuss@alec.org or 202-742-8526 .

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otohara Mar 2012 OP
Rex Mar 2012 #1
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otohara Mar 2012 #3
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Zalatix Mar 2012 #6
EC Mar 2012 #7
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Justice wanted Mar 2012 #9

Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 01:57 PM

1. ALEC = Dum Dums

 

ALEC - we hate it when people use a tragedy to further their political ends. Now WATCH US DO IT IN THE NEXT SENTENCE!

Oh ALEC...failuresauce to go (doggy bag)?

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 01:57 PM

2. Zimmerman was the one doing the chasing. His own phone call to police proves that.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 02:07 PM

3. They've Stopped Letting People Post on Facebook Page

 

Chicken shits

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 02:11 PM

4. ALEC,

with the blueberry pie all over their face.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 02:13 PM

5. Just what I would expect from a weasel

outfit. Point the finger somewhere else while four point right back to them. I expected nothing else from them.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 02:25 PM

6. Looks to me like ALEC is distancing itself from Zimmerman's actions

 

and, in fact, throwing him under the bus.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 04:22 PM

7. May have been "designed" to protect

but they didn't think it through using common sense of how people REALLY would use the law...I mean come on when the victim is the only witness, how did they expect this to go? Are they just in denial to how people would behave? Or they did know and were thinking of it as a way to get rid of a whole segment of people...I hate to think that way, but look at whats happening in Africa and the Middle East pitting one group against another just to wipe out a group of people. And it's the elites doing the pitting.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 04:27 PM

8. Did ALEC get their fee-fees hurted?

Gee, nobody could have predicted that a law written to give murderously free rein to a person's feelings would ever be used by a person experiencing the wrong feelings! It's just wrong to blame ALEC for so consistently and repeatedly writing this same misguided legislation for states all over the country. Wrong, I tell you! Now stop it, all of you, before you make little Kaitlyn cry. You big meanies.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 04:53 PM

9. Alec wants the "Stand your Ground" laws. They have written leg for it.

google Alec and Stand your ground because think Progress and Talking Points Memos have done stories on this.

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