Even with a Stand Your Ground law in place, you don’t just shoot first. You have to be in danger of serious bodily harm or fear of death for you or someone else before you are justified in shooting.
In the wake of the not-guilty verdict delivered in the trial of George Zimmerman, anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg is following the Democratic strategy of not “never waste a tragedy” by calling for the end of stand your ground laws.
Bloomberg, of course, can’t call the laws by their common names, and has to, instead, call them “shoot first” laws.
According to POLITICO and a statement issued by the mayor,
“Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably never be known,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
“But one fact has long been crystal clear: ‘shoot-first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns. Such laws – drafted by gun lobby extremists in Washington – encourage deadly confrontations by enabling people to shoot first and argue ‘justifiable homicide’ later.”
“Last year, I joined a broad coalition of civic leaders to shine a light on the impact of ‘shoot-first’ laws and work to eliminate them, in Florida and wherever they have been passed. We will continue that work – and the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed child attempting to walk home from the store, will continue to drive our efforts.”
Bloomberg has been one of the national faces of gun control over the last several months, and his anti-gun group “Mayor Against Illegal Guns” is getting more press than ever.
However, not all of that press is good press. The group has been plagued by scandals recently, including the fact that the group may have been improperly utilizing taxpayer funded, New York City resources, the arrest of members, and several mayors leaving the organization due to the recent issues.