Chair of Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearings is a Staunch Supporter of the Policy
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to hold a hearing on the “Stand Your Ground” law may have seemed like a major step in the right direction.
But news of the man picked to chair the hearing – Rep. Matt Gaetz – has many shaking their heads.
Gaetz is a staunch supporter of the law, proclaiming that he doesn’t “support changing one damn comma of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.“
Gaetz also said he thinks the hearings are a “good idea” because he wants “an opportunity to give a full-throated defense of the law.”
“So much for an objective review of the law’s unintended consequences,” wrote the Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board, who called the hearings a “farce” while House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston (D-Fort Lauderdale) took Gaetz to task.
“That type of attitude is why we have the people of the state protesting,” Thurston told the Tampa Tribune. “It will only continue to fuel those who are calling for actions that Florida doesn’t really need, like boycotts and everybody arming themselves. Those voices will only get louder. The people of Florida deserve adult conversation about the issue.”
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Can the ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing still be a fair one?
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