Bloomberg: We Need to Get Rid of ?Shoot First? Laws
By Leah Barkoukis / 16 July 2013 / 85 comments
When all else fails, blame Florida?s gun laws for the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. That?s been the go-to strategy for a number of journalists and pundits in the wake of Zimmerman?s acquittal, as an NRO article details, but one more anti-gun activist is jumping on that bandwagon: Michael Bloomberg. Surprise, surprise:
?Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably never be known,? Bloomberg said in a statement.The only problem? Bloomberg was referring to Florida?s ?Stand Your Ground? laws, even though the case ?wasn?t decided on a stand your ground basis,? according to University of Florida law professor Joseph Little. Zimmerman?s defense presented a conventional self-defense strategy but it seems Bloomberg wants to get rid of SYG laws nonetheless.
?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.?