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From Black Voices
If you hear the pitter patter of tiny feet, it’s Florida finally taking baby steps to amend its controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.
Tuesday a Senate panel voted 7 to 2 approving revisions to the state’s self-defense law, which removed the duty to retreat from the “Castle Doctrine,” granting residents the right to use deadly force in their home.
And remarkably, one of the most vocal supporters of the revisions came from one of the drafters of the original 2005 law, David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs), who told the panel: “It is an excellent common-sense law, but it is not perfect.”
The bill approved Tuesday requires local sheriffs to issue guidelines to neighborhood crime watch programs, particularly that participants are prohibited from pursuing and confronting suspects.
It also further clarifies existing language in ‘Stand Your Ground’ that individuals acting as aggressors are barred from using the law as a defense, and removes language so that any bystanders injured by ‘Stand Your Ground’ fire can pursue civil action.
Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale), who co-sponsored the bill, acknowledged the small victory of the panel’s approval: “Today was significant that we got something done, that we moved a comma.”
Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach), charged with chairing the House hearing on Stand Your Ground, had previously commented that he wasn’t interested in changing “one damn comma” of the law.
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Ten months after her son was killed, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, says she’s ready for justice to be served in 2013. She spoke with ESSENCE.com about her first holiday season without Trayvon, her thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and her hopes for 2013:
This year has been bittersweet. The bitter part is that I lost my baby boy. The sweet part has been the show of support that we have received from our community and from the world. We are thankful.
This is our first holiday season without Trayvon, and I have to admit, I’m having a difficult time. I’m an emotional rollercoaster. Trayvon loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. He always looked forward to those holidays. But while I am sad I’m reminded that I have another son that I’m trying to help get through not having his younger brother around.
Sybrina continues to ve a very strong woman. You can read the rest of the touching message over at ESSENCE.