Within days of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama strongly suggesting that “stand your ground” laws now enacted in more than 25 states be reconsidered, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain (shown in photo) reiterated those same suggestions almost verbatim. First, on Sunday McCain told Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union that while
no one I know of has said [that the Zimmerman verdict] is flawed or corrupt, or that’s there’s anything wrong with the system of justice, I can also see that the “stand your ground” law may be something that needs to be reviewed by the Florida legislature, or any other legislature.
When pressed, McCain said his own state of Arizona, which has enacted a “stand your ground” statute, also ought to look at it again, because “it is a very controversial [piece of] legislation.”
On Monday McCain found himself on Newsmax TV echoing the same sentiment: “There is a great deal of controversy associated with this [stand your ground] legislation and we ought to review the results of it … I’m not making a judgment on [it], I’m just saying it has obviously created a great deal of controversy in this country and it deserves to be reviewed.”
On Tuesday, July 19, AG Eric Holder told an NAACP audience, “It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” This was followed by impromptu remarks from the president on Friday, in which he mentioned:
I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
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Photo of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): AP Images