McCain Defends Obama, Questions Stand Your Ground Laws

July 21 2013
by GSL Staff
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Can we just go ahead and change that R after McCain’s name to a D?

Last week, both the president and the attorney general called into question, stand your ground self defense laws.

The comments on the law followed the verdict in the Zimmerman murder trial.

According to TheHill.com,

The president said it would be “useful for us to examine” state and local laws that might “encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies” like the clash between Zimmerman and Martin.

The president’s comments were quickly criticized by Texas Senator Ted Cruz,

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made the suggestion Friday in Iowa after speaking to a Republican group, saying that Obama “uses … every opportunity that he can to go after our Second Amendment right.”

However, John McCain, who has recently come under fire for supporting numerous Democratic policies, jumped in to criticize his fellow Republican and defend the president’s comments. McCain made the following comments on CNN’s “State of the Union”.

“I don’t draw that conclusion [in reference to Cruz’s remarks]. Isn’t it time for America to come together? I’d rather have a message of coming together … I respect his view but I don’t, frankly, see the connection.”

Stand your ground is the common name for self defense laws that do not require the victim of a crime to attempt to retreat before resorting to deadly force.

Over 30 states have “stand your ground” laws, “castle doctrines”, or rely on case law supporting no duty to retreat when looking into self defense cases.

Proponents say the laws protect victims of crime from becoming criminals themselves while opponents argue the laws make people more likely to get into physical altercations and resort to force more quickly.

The move to analyze the law comes less than a week following the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Zimmerman was accused of second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claimed self defense in the shooting. It should be noted that Zimmerman claimed a “classic self defense” defense, and not a defense under Florida’s stand your ground law. However, some have argued that the law’s existence is one of the reasons Zimmerman confronted Martin. The jury was instructed to use the stand your ground law in the jury instructions.

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