Saturday, March 24, 2012

Quotation for Today: Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Is a License to Murder

With the quotation for today, perhaps we begin our look at the accomplices in the murder of Trayvon Martin.  For as surely as I write this post, the Florida legislature and governor  -- who in combination enacted the heinous law known as Stand Your Ground -- are guilty of murder too.

"Trying to control shootings by members of a well-trained and disciplined police department is a daunting enough task. Laws like “stand your ground” give citizens unfettered power and discretion with no accountability. It is a recipe for disaster."
John F. Timoney

John F. Timoney, now senior police adviser to the Bahrain Minister of the Interior, is a former Miami police chief, Philadelphia police commissioner and deputy police commissioner in New York.

Mr. Timoney euphemistically describes the heinous Stand Your Ground law of Florida as a "recipe for disaster."  A more accurate depictions of Florida's reprehensible Stand Your Ground law would be as a license to murder. 

This license to murder is granted to a private citizen easier than a license to operate an automobile. Equally important is that the operator of a vehicle is held accountable for the harm that vehicle operator causes; not so with murderers operating under Florida's license to murder.

Timoney, John F. "Florida’s Disastrous Self-Defense Law." The New York Times 23 March, 2012: online edition.

Related information:

The Words of Trayvon Martin's Murderer.

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