State Rep. Baxley Defends "Stand Your Ground" Amid Calls for Its Repeal
Published July 20th, 2013
OCALA - In the wake of the George Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict, a whole lot of attention has been focused on Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law, with a vocal contingent of people calling for its repeal this week. But now, one of Stand Your Ground's original backers is speaking out in support of the law he helped to create.
State Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala says the law is being unfairly targeted in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. He points out the fact that the 'Stand Your Ground' law was not invoked in the Zimmerman case, and believes the verdict would have been the same no matter what state the trial was held in.
While some outspoken opponents of the law have said it allows people to unfairly target minorities, Baxley says that's simply not true.
"This statute has actually benefited African-Americans," said State Rep. Baxley. "I've looked at some numbers, and 33 percent of those that provided a successful defense under this statute were African-American, and proportionally, that shows them benefiting from its protection twice as much as the general population."
Baxley said Gov. Rick Scott made the right decision to not call for a special session of the state legislature, something many opponents of the law had requested. Instead, the Governor declared this Sunday a "day of prayer for unity."
There are a series of nationwide protests scheduled to be held on Saturday, including one in Gainesville, from groups who want civil rights charges filed against George Zimmerman.
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