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Trayvon Resolution, from Rep. Wilson

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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Frederica Wilson - Trayvon Martin Family

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (C) and Sybrina Fulton (3rd L), are escorted by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) (L), attorney Benjamin Crump, Rep. Bobby Rush (R-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) after attending a House Judiciary Committee briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON  - A Florida congresswoman on Tuesday introduced a resolution honoring Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen whose slaying a year ago this month stirred national controversy.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, a South Florida Democrat, introduced a resolution "honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States government to address the crisis of racial profiling," according to a statement from her office.

"Today, Trayvon Martin would have celebrated his 18th birthday," the statement read. "We all know the tragic circumstances surrounding his murder: Trayvon was racially profiled, chased, made to fight for his life, and ultimately murdered. Yet we as a nation have yet to take substantive action to stop such a heartbreaking incident from happening again. Enough is enough: We as a nation have buried too many young black boys.  Let's set Congress on course to address the underlying causes behind the crisis that Trayvon's death symbolizes.  Let's take action to stop racial profiling and give our people a chance to succeed."

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second degree murder in the case, has pleaded not guilty, and is claiming self-defense. The defense disputes the idea that Zimmerman profiled Martin, who Zimmerman shot to death on the night of February 26, 2012, after a confrontation inside the gated community where Zimmerman lived, and which Martin was visiting with his father. Zimmerman claims Martin attacked him.

Some state lawmakers in Florida are seeking to amend the Stand Your Ground provision in Florida's self-defense statute, arguing that it has been applied too broadly by defendants in fatal shooting cases. Supporters of the law say it protects people who use deadly force to protect themselves from imminent danger.

Reached for comment by theGrio, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara said "a resolution honoring Trayvon Martin is fine, and repealing all Stand Your Ground laws, I think that's more up to the individual states."

"I think that the self-defense statute that we have in Florida and that many states have is a good idea," O'Mara said, adding that if Rep. Wilson "has a concern over Stand Your Ground and wants to focus it better, I'd be happy to talk to her about it, but an all-out repeal is just a common reaction to a singular event that I don't think is well founded in logic."

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus attempted to introduce a similar resolution last April, with some members breaking House rules by wearing hoodie sweatshirts on the floor of Congress when discussing the bill.

 

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Radarma
by Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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 Really, hat lady? Really? We all "know" this do we?

"We all know the tragic circumstances surrounding his murder: Trayvon was racially profiled, chased, made to fight for his life, and ultimately murdered."

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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Quoting Radarma:

 Really, hat lady? Really? We all "know" this do we?

"We all know the tragic circumstances surrounding his murder: Trayvon was racially profiled, chased, made to fight for his life, and ultimately murdered."

 She certainly doesn't speak for me...

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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This was a tragic story. But I can't understand why there is such outrage. Spend a month here in DC And see how many young black males are murdered in DC / Baltimore by other young black men. Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling. Where is the outrage over that? There isn't any and it is very disturbing.
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Radarma
by Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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 Ya think?

Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling

Citygirlk
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Because it was just sweeped under the rug.

Quoting Analeigh2012:

This was a tragic story. But I can't understand why there is such outrage. Spend a month here in DC And see how many young black males are murdered in DC / Baltimore by other young black men. Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling. Where is the outrage over that? There isn't any and it is very disturbing.


grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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 I agree.  But where's the outrage over the 500 kids and young adults killed in Chicago last year?

Black on black crime doesn't fit the dems agenda.  Stand your ground laws should be decided by the states.

Quoting Analeigh2012:

This was a tragic story. But I can't understand why there is such outrage. Spend a month here in DC And see how many young black males are murdered in DC / Baltimore by other young black men. Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling. Where is the outrage over that? There isn't any and it is very disturbing.

 

grandma B

Citygirlk
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:31 PM

We are the only ones who talk about it, you guys only use it when it's useful to you.

Quoting grandmab125:

 I agree.  But where's the outrage over the 500 kids and young adults killed in Chicago last year?

Black on black crime doesn't fit the dems agenda.  Stand your ground laws should be decided by the states.

Quoting Analeigh2012:

This was a tragic story. But I can't understand why there is such outrage. Spend a month here in DC And see how many young black males are murdered in DC / Baltimore by other young black men. Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling. Where is the outrage over that? There isn't any and it is very disturbing.

 


Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM
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I used DC / Baltimore because it is where I live and I see the news every night and both political parties walk / drive right by. My husband and I get very angry about this. We travel a lot for business and we discuss how much all metro areas are in crisis for this fact. And the country doesn't stand up and scream STOP! But as soon as one young black man is killed by a nonblack - there is outcry after outcry about racial profiling. and where was the crime platform in either of the last two elections?

I do agree that Stand Your Ground Laws should be an individual state issue.


Quoting grandmab125:

 I agree.  But where's the outrage over the 500 kids and young adults killed in Chicago last year?


Black on black crime doesn't fit the dems agenda.  Stand your ground laws should be decided by the states.


Quoting Analeigh2012:

This was a tragic story. But I can't understand why there is such outrage. Spend a month here in DC And see how many young black males are murdered in DC / Baltimore by other young black men. Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling. Where is the outrage over that? There isn't any and it is very disturbing.

 

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Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM
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When you say "you guys" - who are you referring to? I am not discussing it for any mere purpose other than it really upsets me. Profiling is wrong. We experience that when I travel with my husband and it is wrong. But black on black crime is more of an urgent crisis, IMO, and I don't discuss it just to further a point.

Quoting Citygirlk:

We are the only ones who talk about it, you guys only use it when it's useful to you.

Quoting grandmab125:

 I agree.  But where's the outrage over the 500 kids and young adults killed in Chicago last year?


Black on black crime doesn't fit the dems agenda.  Stand your ground laws should be decided by the states.


Quoting Analeigh2012:

This was a tragic story. But I can't understand why there is such outrage. Spend a month here in DC And see how many young black males are murdered in DC / Baltimore by other young black men. Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling. Where is the outrage over that? There isn't any and it is very disturbing.

 


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grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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 And yet you keep voting in the same liberal progressive politicians.  I don't know where you live.  But I live about 45 miles north of Chicago.  Rahm Emanuel hasn't done squat to try and lesson it.  In fact, it just gets worse.  In 2012 there were 97 more murders than in 2011.  He hasn't put more police on the streets, he won't allow stop and frisk, nothing.  In Chicago, the cops ride around in cars.  His excuse for all of the murders is "it's a cultural thing".  It can be cleaned up considerably if he wanted to do it.  Ed Koch, the former mayor of NYC, and then Rudi Guiliani cleaned up NYC with really tough crime laws.

For a comparison, NYC 2012 population 8.295 M with 414 murders...Chicago 2012 population 2.707 M with 500 murders.

I have a daughter who lives in Chicago on the far north side, and it's getting to be dangerous there too.  I worry about her all of the time.

 

Quoting Citygirlk:

We are the only ones who talk about it, you guys only use it when it's useful to you.

Quoting grandmab125:

 I agree.  But where's the outrage over the 500 kids and young adults killed in Chicago last year?

Black on black crime doesn't fit the dems agenda.  Stand your ground laws should be decided by the states.

Quoting Analeigh2012:

This was a tragic story. But I can't understand why there is such outrage. Spend a month here in DC And see how many young black males are murdered in DC / Baltimore by other young black men. Black on black crime in metropolitan areas is a much more prevalent crisis than racial profiling. Where is the outrage over that? There isn't any and it is very disturbing.

 


 

grandma B

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