Violence and Guns in America
By: Jay Filipi May 4, 2012
Reposted from the S-CAR Newsletter, April 2012.
On April 2, 2012, former President Bill Clinton stated that the “‘tragedy’ of the killing of Trayvon Martin should cause a re-thinking of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.” On the other side, the NRA, whose 2005 lobbying campaign got the law passed, initially supports the law in its current state, stating that it is “still a good law”. Proponents of the stand your ground law suggest that its repeal would begin a slippery slope to the end of gun rights. Clearly, the killing of Trayvon Martin has exposed a perennial American conflict around the second amendment:
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.