Lewis W. Diuguid

‘Stand Your Ground’ laws under siege

Updated: 2013-07-28T00:02:30Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

The public clamor for change after the verdict in the Trayvon Martin slaying may have picked up traction with Republican Sen. John McCain, saying the “Stand Your Ground” laws should be reviewed.

McCain spoke Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. His comments follow the acquittal of 29-year-old George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Martin in February 2013 in Sanford, Fla.

Protests of the verdict have occurred in Kansas City and throughout the country. Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman used a handgun to shoot Martin after he confronted the youth and a fight followed.

Zimmerman, using Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, contended that he feared for his safety when he pulled the trigger. More than 20 states have similar self-defense laws, which protesters say unjustly protects people who are too eager to use deadly force to “defend themselves.”

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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