Cruz: Stand your ground laws good for African-Americans

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Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Stand Your Ground" laws October 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Stand Your Ground” laws October 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES

Sen. Ted Cruz argued that “Stand Your Ground” laws actually benefit African-Americans at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday morning, and accused public leaders of exploiting Trayvon Martin’s death to inflame racial tensions.

Cruz tussled with the subcommittee’s chairman Dick Durbin, arguing that “the notion that Stand Your Ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack, but it is not borne out by fact remotely.”

“It is always a tragedy when a child loses his life, and please know that we are all feeling your loss,” he said, directing his comments to Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and mother of fellow slain Florida teen Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath.

“Sadly, we know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic violent incident for agendas that have nothing to do with that young man who lost his life,” he said. “We have seen efforts to undermine the verdict of the jury and more broadly to inflame racial tensions that I think are sad and irresponsible.”

“I recognize that for the family you’re simply mourning the loss of your son, and I understand that,” he added. “But there are other players who are seeking to do a great deal more, based on what happened that Florida night.”

Cruz argued that while the Trayvon Martin case came up repeatedly during the hearing, Stand Your Ground was “not a defense that [George] Zimmerman raised.” Zimmerman’s legal team never sought immunity under the Stand Your Ground law, but language from that law was included in the jury instructions.

“The notion that Stand Your Ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack, but it is not born out by the facts, remotely,” he added, noting that President Obama supported an expansion of a similar law when he was a lawmaker in Illinois. As has been pointed out in the past, the law Obama supported in 2004 is not as permissive as Stand Your Ground laws typically are, and notably does not permit the use of “deadly force” as Stand Your Ground does in Florida.

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One thought on “Cruz: Stand your ground laws good for African-Americans

  1. I can’t understand how someone would argue to, in essence, give a tactical advantage to the aggressor?! I think that if we look deep enough into this situation, we will realize that it isn’t an unfair law here and a too lenient law there, it’s the fact that there are laws where there shouldn’t be, period. How can intelligent men and women actually think they can create a law that will fairly apply to any situation? Honestly, it’s very similar to us Righties letting our selves say ‘assault rifle’ and ‘hi-cap’ magazine. As soon as we get redirected into arguing over how to word a law instead of yelling NO MORE LAWS, we have already lost another chunk of our freedom!

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