Monday, July 15, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg: Eliminate "Shoot First" Laws

In the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, renewed calls for repealing "shoot first" or "Stand Your Ground" laws in Florida and elsewhere:

“Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably never be known,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

“But one fact has long been crystal clear: ‘shoot-first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns. Such laws – drafted by gun lobby extremists in Washington – encourage deadly confrontations by enabling people to shoot first and argue ‘justifiable homicide’ later.”

He added, “Last year, I joined a broad coalition of civic leaders to shine a light on the impact of ‘shoot-first’ laws and work to eliminate them, in Florida and wherever they have been passed. We will continue that work – and the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed child attempting to walk home from the store, will continue to drive our efforts.”

The phrase “shoot first” is used by critics of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allows people to use deadly force if they have reason to believe they’re facing bodily injury.

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