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Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation's attention.
It's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self defense and so dangerous content look in -- neighborhood.
These laws try to fix something.
That was never broken.
Mounting backlash in Florida as a debate over stand your ground continues to gain momentum.
Motown legend Stevie Wonder announcing at a concert that he will not perform in Florida out until stand your ground is repealed.
The singer also said he would boycott all of the other states that have that law on their books.
-- -- two man at the center of the controversy.
Florida State representative Dennis back to backs -- sponsored these stand your ground bill back in 2005.
And Florida State senator and democratic leader of the Florida senate Chris Smith good evening gentlemen.
Are right you don't need.
This always just -- in Florida in 2005 did -- did nobody think about this and I'll start with you -- representative Scott.
Which weren't facts like.
Okay -- -- -- back slate sure yes the nemesis for this as we were post hurricane with five hurricanes.
We had an emphasis had an -- -- the panhandle.
We're a -- -- an older couple was in a FEMA trailers they did have an intruder on their property.
Came in there and he shot and killed this gentleman it was months before.
This law abiding citizens.
-- just defending himself -- and its properties primarily defending his wife.
He knew whether or not he would be charged and when senator Pete and brought me this has said that shouldn't be the case.
In Florida we want to stand by.
Law abiding citizens and if you're doing nothing wrong in you're actually stopping a violent attack.
No one should be beaten raped or murdered and wonder whether or not they have the authority to act to stop a violent crime.
And now so that's the nemesis have it.
All right well I I understand that that you know that really is this the beginning of it but all I'll go to -- -- terrorize Smith.
But at the end of the day -- you think that this will be overturned because of the -- on Martin case.
We're we're hoping that it at least gets amended but.
It into government vibe when we did this bill I was one of those saying that this was going too far and I voted against that in 2000 far -- -- thought this would happen.
What we're trying to do is just a -- -- the law.
To take out now that we've got some real world examples of some problems with it we're trying to amended to make it more sensible in the state of Florida.
You know Jesse Jackson has said that Florida is an apartheid state do you agree with that gentleman.
I think that's very dangerous rhetoric and I'm sorry to hear some of what I'm hearing.
I'm very proud of the -- -- restraint but some of the other rhetoric.
It's very dangerous for other people -- -- a racial wedge in to this which shouldn't be there.
In fact this law has protected.
Many African Americans from prosecution.
Who were simply stopping a violent act 31 33% of those who utilize this defense.
Were African Americans.
And proportionally that means it benefited them twice as much as the general population this is what I've been trying to communicate.
To my friends say like senator Smith is is this.
First -- what do you -- -- and that.
What -- stated that senator Smith.
I say that no -- perfect.
We and we -- Pass laws sometimes we go back later and say these things have happened so I think just the law so that we get good outcomes in Florida.
For some reason those that supports -- underground thing that it's a perfect piece of legislation.
When we think that is not perfect -- -- is asking for a chance to make some changes to it but some common sense changes to it like allowing police to detain someone.
When they have a stand -- ground claim.
The win this bill is written.
Didn't kill someone and the police come up and you -- -- stand my ground under the wording of this statute police -- even detain you while they investigated.
-- -- -- -- I'm glad that should be trying to.
Gentlemen the Department of Justice began an investigation into this in 2012 right after it happened.
But in July -- the FBI announced that they found no evidence that racial bias played a role in the Zimmerman trial.
That seems to have been confirmed by the defense attorneys the prosecutors and the victim's family.
Why are we stirring this stop right now and I'll I'll start with -- senator represented back -- back -- Yes I think what you're seeing is they're trying to dial back the rhetoric -- that because they know they don't have a case that professionally.
They can't bring a hate crime in this situation because they've been investigated this to death and and there's just no evidence of it being racially motivated.
On the part of mr.
So now they're trying to instead divert an attack these self defense law when in fact we think that it's a good law and -- Mean diner and sit become very -- -- just let me go to you very quickly.
All they found no evidence of racial bias do you disagree with the FBI and the jury's finding.
I think there was clearly some racial -- -- please hurry up cause yeah.
Yes -- -- I disagree with Libya possibly because of everything.
-- I don't know but there was some racial bias and to do is put our heads in the sand and say there was absolutely no -- -- -- family disagrees -- factually and senator Smith thank you both for being with us this evening.
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