Number of the Day

[Content Note: Violence.]

Five: The number of states still debating "Stand Your Ground" laws even after Trayvon Martin's murder. "So far, 25 states have approved Florida-style 'Stand Your Ground' measures, and the NRA is not backing down from its support for such laws even after Martin's tragic death."

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, however, is requesting that the Justice Department to expand its investigation of the shooting to include an assessment of "Stand Your Ground" laws. "I am sending a letter to the Justice Department to ask them to expand their investigation into the general application of these 'stand your ground' laws, whether they actually increase, rather than decrease, violence, and whether they actually prevent law enforcement from prosecuting cases where a real crime has been committed."

Sure, because why would we get answers to that before the laws were passed?

"Stand Your Ground" laws seem to be "Stand Your Ground" legislation—pull the trigger first and ask questions later.

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