This is what’s it’s come to in Florida. Right-wingers and the NRA not only want an environment in The Gunshine State where killing people is convenient — they’re also demanding that victims’ families must fight legal barriers to seeking justice when they’ve lost a loved one.
A bill that petered out today (SB 344), would have forced State Attorneys to prosecute “stand your ground” cases twice: once before a judge in a pre-trial hearing and again during trial. That means, if your child is shot by someone who doesn’t like their music, the burden of proof is shifted to YOU, in a separate hearing, to prove why the killer can’t use “stand your ground.”
It used to be so simple. You kill someone, it’s murder.
It was a horrible bill, and it was scheduled to be heard in committee on the eve of the fourth anniversary of murder of Trayvon Martin. You might imagine that folks were booking their seats on buses and packing their overnight bags for a trip to Tally.
But, a funny thing happened on the way to the NRA’s pistol-packing party. This bill they desperately wanted to pass just didn’t get scheduled.
I’m sure this had nothing to do with the planned rallies and the interest trickling in from national media. Likely they just lost interest in the bill. Squirrel!
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