Zimmerman verdict spurs talk of Florida boycott, ignores other 'stand-your-ground' states
Black lawmakers and other groups are trying to harness outrage over the George Zimmerman verdict into a national indictment against the state of Florida, seeking to organize an Arizona-style boycott against everything from tourism to orange juice.Ah, yes. Let's punish the state of Florida with a boycott because they have the same law as nearly half of the United States. Because the state of Florida does not mandate that you run away from someone attacking you, let's stay out of Florida. They tried to boycott Florida when it was one of the first states to legalize concealed carry in 1987 (Blood in the streets! Wild West style shootouts over parking spaces! ZOMG!) and when they implemented "Stand Your Ground" in 2005 (Blood in the streets! Wild West style shootouts over parking spaces! ZOMG!).
But there's one striking difference.
While Arizona had passed first-of-its kind legislation against illegal immigration when the uproar started over that state, Florida is hardly unique. At least 22 states have "stand-your-ground" laws -- which allow people to use deadly force to protect themselves often without any compulsion to retreat, and are at the center of the post-verdict controversy.
Here's the money quote, though:
And in the case of Zimmerman, his attorneys didn't even use the law as part of their defense.
Not that it matters to the racebaiters and nannystaters, of course. Facts rarely do. I know I shouldn't be saddened that so many people are so willfully ignorant - it only takes a quick read of pretty much any account of the trial to find out that "Stand Your Ground" didn't even enter the equation - but then I am reminded that there exists such a thing as "Jersey Shore". Again, let me reiterate a point I made yesterday on this very subject:
"Stand Your Ground" laws had *NOTHING* to do with the Trayvon Martin case. NOTHING.
You want to boycott Florida, be my guest. Tell the whole world you're an idiot. Put it up on Facebook: "Look, I don't do ANY critical thinking!" What you're saying is that you refuse to visit a state because of an entirely fictitious construct - the idea that "Stand Your Ground" laws mean that someone can protect themselves against someone already attacking them. That's not "Stand Your Ground", imbecile; that's standard self-defense. It's legal in all fifty states to defend yourself against a violent attack, so I guess you'd better emigrate to England.
Like it or not, Trayvon Martin was attacking George Zimmerman. Because the media downplays that fact does not mean it didn't happen. It was part of the defense testimony. Hell, it was part of the prosecution for crying out loud. No matter what else happened that night, there is a mountain of evidence that indicates Martin was beating the living hell out of Zimmerman, and precisely zero evidence that Zimmerman laid a finger on Martin - until he fired the single shot in self-defense. "Stand Your Ground" does not come into play here. Not in the least.
To those pushing the lie that "Stand Your Ground" type laws had anything to do with the Martin/Zimmerman case, you can s**t in one hand and wish in the other - tell us which one fills up faster...
That is all.
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