Polls show widespread opposition to abolishing gun-free zones, a view shared by college officials, business leaders, and many in law enforcement. But the politicians pushing for more firearms in public are serving a higher master: the NRA.
By Aaron Deslatte, Orlando Sentinel TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis led a crowd of protesters to the Capitol Monday to warn Republican policymakers that failing to repeal Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law will haunt them at the polls this fall. Florida’s “shoot-first” law passed in 2005 has been blamed […]
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the state legislature to fix Florida’s cockeyed Stand Your Ground law. The National Rifle Association owns too many of the Republican lawmakers who could end the madness. Nothing will get done in Tallahassee as long as black kids are the ones getting shot by white guys claiming they acted […]
It’s been a harsh February, and I’m not talking about the weather. As the annual celebration of the accomplishments of black Americans, replete with references to President Obama, was winding down, the month presented a stark reminder of the casual bigotry that still haunts the lives of black citizens. The verdict in the Florida shooting […]
WASHINGTON — The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide for as much clarity as possible, not expand the realms of ambiguity and subjectivity. Laws ought to bring about the practical results their promoters claim they’ll achieve. And at its best, the law can help us to live together more […]
By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Florida — John Wayne Rogers is a blind man who two years ago shot dead an overnight guest in his living room. He was cleared of murder in that case, and Thursday in a Sanford, Fla., courtroom, he’ll ask Circuit Judge John Galluzzo to return his .308-caliber assault rifle, […]
“You can get killed just for living in your American skin.” — Bruce Springsteen On Aug. 7, 1930, two young black men were lynched in Marion, Indiana. A photographer named Lawrence Beitler had a studio across the street from the lynching tree. He came out and snapped what became an iconic photo, which he made […]