As a task force appointed by Gov. Rick Scott meets Tuesday to examine Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, a separate panel convened by a Democrat State Senator is seeking major policy changes to address perceived problems with the popular self-defense measure. Both task forces included prosecutors, law enforcement and defense attorneys.

The announcement that Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, had been awarded a huge contract to produce up to 450 million rounds of .40 S&W caliber jacketed hollow point ammunition for the Departments of Homeland Security (HSA) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made gun owners nervous.

 


 

While police in Mobile, Alabama, have arrested a suspect in the beating of a white man by a group of black men, and the Mayor has asked federal authorities to investigate the attack as a hate crime, the inspiration for attack is still unclear.

A black man in Chicago has admitted being so angry about the Trayvon Martin case that he robbed and beat up a white man this week. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Alton L. Hayes II and a younger accomplice battered the victim and made racially intimidating remarks.

Former Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in what he said was self-defense, was released from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail around midnight on Sunday. In fear for his safety, Zimmerman was transferred to an undisclosed location to await trial for a charge of second-degree murder.

Critics of the establishment media and of prosecutors found new ammunition after a photograph of Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman — taken just minutes after the now-infamous Florida shooting — showed the back of his head bloodied as a result of injuries he said were sustained during an attack.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization that advocates "model legislation" for legislatures across the country, announced Tuesday that it is disbanding the task force that has promoted the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws and voter ID and immigration bills, among others. 

Imagine you an armed citizen walking down a busy street with a holstered gun under your jacket. A honking horn or perhaps someone's shouted greeting distracts your attention momentarily and you unintentionally bump another pedestrian. Annoyed, he responds in a menacing tone: "Hey, watch where you're going!" Naturally, you reach for your pistol and blow the troublemaker away, right there in broad daylight on a street full of shocked motorists and pedestrians. And you walk away, free from arrest because, obviously, that hostile stranger was threatening you, right?

 
 

The reviews of Townhall.com’s contributing editor Katie Pavlich’s book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup have been unremittingly positive. Critics of it have been strangely silent, perhaps hoping that the potential tsunami of indignation and anger from Pavlich’s revelations will somehow fail to materialize and the whole disagreeable matter will just disappear down history’s memory hole.

Despite anti-gun zealots’ exploitation of Trayvon Martin’s now-infamous killing in late February, a new survey revealed that the vast majority of Americans continue to support the use of deadly force if needed in self-defense — even outside of the home. Laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons have overwhelming public support as well, according to the Ipsos/Reuters poll released last week.

 
 
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