VIDEO: 100% of Florida ADULTS Testifying In Hearing SUPPORTED Stand-Your-Ground

Hey folks,

I’ve already mentioned in a previous post how not a single Black adult (who was not a “professional” in the criminal justice or race-hate industry) appeared before the FLorida House Judiciary Committee to testify in support of HB-4003 and against Stand-Your-Ground.

VIDEO: How many Black adults testified against SYG in Florida hearing? ZERO

Conversely, 100% of the 16 Florida adults (also not “professionals”) who appeared before the Judiciary Committee testified AGAINST HB-4003 and IN SUPPORT of Stand-Your-Ground.

Below is video their testimony, in the order in which it was delivered. I should mention that although 16 of these adults actually testified, there was perhaps an equal number–or more–who were physically present and prepared to speak in opposition to HN-4003 but waived their time to other opponents of HB-4003. This means that the 14 people (mostly children) testifying in favor of HB-4003 were vastly outnumbered by those present who opposed the bill.

(NOTE: All the speaker names are spelled phonetically, my apologies for the resultant misspellings.)

Enjoy!

And, to close things up, here’s the final roll call vote that dispatched HB-4003 by an 11-2 vote:

Have a great weekend, everybody, and have a great Columbus Day!

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Law of Self Defense Facebook
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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with upcoming seminars scheduled for Atlanta GA (11/16), and Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and elsewhere.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

VIDEO: How Many Black ADULTS Testified Against SYG in Florida Hearing? ZERO

Hey folks,

This past Thursday the Florida House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing, debate, and vote on HB-4003, the proposed bill that would be repealed “Stand-Your-Ground” and other legal protections for those defend themselves in their homes, and vehicles. As I’ve mentioned in other coverage, the bill was soundly defeated by an 11-2 vote of the committee (See Repeal of “Stand-Your-Ground” voted down in Florida House Committee).

The hearing really consisted of five discrete segments:

(1) Rep. Williams, the sponsor of HB-4003, spoke about the importance of repealing HB-4003 and answered questions from the Judiciary Committee members.

(2) Testimony in favor of, and in opposition to, the bill was offered by “professionals” in the community.  By “professionals” I mean people who make their living involved in the criminal justice system, in community activism, or as part of the race-hate industry.  It was here that we heard from representatives of the Florida Sheriff’s association, the state’s association of prosecutors, and of public defenders.

We also heard testimony from a local chapter of the NAACP,  a law partner of Benjamin Crump, perhaps best known to this audience as the lawyer representing the parents of Trayvon Martin, and the organizer of the “Dream Defenders” youths who had occupied the Florida State House in the aftermath of the Zimmerman acquittal.  All three of these latter  gentlemen were Black.

We also heard testimony here from two Black parents who had lost sons in circumstances that may or may not have involved issues of Stand-Your-Ground.  I put them in the “professional” category because (a) at least one of them, McBath, appears to be making something of a profession of traveling the country and speaking on this issue (although the killer of her son is currently on trial for murder, so to date it seems justice is being served), and (b) to differentiate them from other public speakers who address the issues absent the distorting lens of having lost a child.

(3) Public testimony from any person who wished to appear before the committee and speak in favor of, or in opposition to, HB-4003. In this case there were 14 persons who spoke in favor of HB-4003 (and therefore against Stand-Your-Ground), and 16 persons who spoke in opposition to HB-4003 (and therefore in defense of Stand-Your-Ground).  (I should note, however, that the actual numbers were not nearly as balanced as this suggests–about as many persons in opposition of HB-4003 appeared before the committee and registered to speak, but then waived their time in favor of others also opposed.)

(4) The Committee members who wished to make their own public comments then did so (not all wished to do so).  If you like you can view their comments, in the sequence made, here:

VIDEO: See FL Legislators Debate, Defeat Effort to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground

(5) The Committee members voted on HB-4003, with 11 voting against and 2 voting in favor.  Click here to view the roll-call vote.

ZERO Black adults spoke against Stand-Your-Ground during “Nonprofessional” Public Testimony

Perhaps no aspect of the FL Judiciary Hearing struck me as much as did the nature of the “nonprofessionals” who came to testify in favor of HB-4003, and against “Stand-Your-Ground”.  Why?  Because there was not a single Black adult among them.  Not one.  Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Apparently the supporters of HB-4003 were unable to find a single Black adult to speak against Stand-Your-Ground unless they were  (1) either professionally engaged in the race-hate industry or (2) a parent who had personally lost a child in an arguably SYG situation.

Of the 14 “nonprofessional” people providing testimony before the committee, only two were adults (and by “adults” I mean beyond college-age).

Both of these adults were white people:

The remaining twelve “nonprofessionals” testifying in favor of HB-4003 were all black, and also all of high-school or college age.  (Indeed, nearly half of these ought arguably to be placed in the “professional” category, as five of them wore T-shirts identifying themselves as “Dream Defenders,” a political activist group organized specifically to oppose Stand-Your-Ground laws.)  I present the images below in the order of their testimony–all names are spelled phonetically, and my apologies before hand for the invariable misspellings.

 

 Sharp Contrast with Public Testifying Against HB-4003, and FOR Stand-Your-Ground

In sharp contrast to the black high school and college students who testified in favor of HB-4003 and against Stand-Your-Ground, those alternating speakers who were opposed to HB-4003 were consistently well into their adult years, and were not present because they were representing an activist political group or had personally lost a child to an purported “Stand-Your-Ground” scenario.

You can view their testimony here:

VIDEO: 100% of Florida ADULTS Testifying In Hearing SUPPORTED Stand-Your-Ground

One would have to speculate as to why no adult Black people felt it worth their time to show up and testify for HB-4003 and against Stand-Your-Ground, especially when so many adults were able to appear to testify against HB-4003 and in favor of Stand-Your-Ground (at least 16 such opponents actually spoke, many more were present to speak but waived their time to other opponents of HB-4003).

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Law of Self Defense Facebook
[If you like what I write, please “follow” me on Twitter, and “like” me on Facebook. My IT person says it matters. 🙂 ]


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with upcoming seminars scheduled for Atlanta GA (11/16), and Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and elsewhere.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

VIDEO: See FL Legislators Debate, Defeat Effort to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground

Hey folks,

By now you’ve all heard that the Florida House judiciary committee had voted down HB-4003, the bill to repeal Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” statute, 776.013, by a landslide 11-2 vote.

Changes are, however, that you didn’t get to watch any of the hearing debate yourselves.

Law of Self Defense to the rescue.

Below you can find the debate commentary from all of the committee members who spoke on the subject (not all did). This is not, by the way, a “debate” in the context of a back-and-forth. The committee members had already heard testimony from Rep. Williams, the sponsor of the bill (but not a member of the judiciary committee, so without a vote). They had also heard from some “expert witnesses”–by which I mean the head of the local NAACP branch (which wanted SYG repealed). They also heard from the heads of the FL Sheriff’s Association, a FL prosecutor’s group and a Fl public defender’s group–all of whom supported SYG. Finally they had also heard from a couple of parents who have lost children under circumstances that might (or might not) implicated SYG.

Finally, they had heard from roughly two dozen “ordinary citizens” who came to the hearings so their voice could be heard. Fourteen of these people spoke in support HB-4003 and the repeal of SYG, and 16 spoke in opposition to HB-4003 and in support of SYG (although there were maybe an equally large number of SYG supporters who were physically present but waived their time to others).

This “debate” segment which followed all that is really just an opportunity for each member of the committee to give a mini-speech of a few minutes, and then indicate their intentions on the bill, after which the formal roll-call is held.

I’ve presented the committee members comments in the order in which they were made, and included the roll-call vote at the end.

Enjoy!

Rep. Harrell (R): Voted AGAINST HR-4003, and FOR SYG:

Rep. Eagle (R): Voted AGAINST HR-4003, and FOR SYG:

Rep. Bracy (D): Voted FOR HR-3002, and AGAINST SYG:

Rep. Hutson (R): Voted AGAINST HR-4003, and FOR SYG:

Rep. McGhee (D): Voted FOR HR-3002, and AGAINST SYG:

Rep. Hood (R): Voted AGAINST HR-4003, and FOR SYG:

Rep. Grant (R): Voted AGAINST HR-4003, and FOR SYG:

Rep. Slosberg (D): Voted AGAINST HR-4003, and FOR SYG:

Chair of Judiciary Committee, Rep. Gaetz (R): Voted AGAINST HR-4003, and FOR SYG:

Sponsor of HB-4003, Rep. Williams (D): Not eligible to vote on Judiciary Committee

Roll Call Vote on HB-4003: Bill fails on 11-2 vote.

OK, that’s it. Hope you all enjoyed!

Keep your eyes open for a follow-on post on the testimony to the committee from the public, both for and against the bill.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Law of Self Defense Facebook
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P.S.: Before I get 10,000 emails objecting to the use of the picture of the injured George Zimmerman for a Stand-Your-Ground piece–I KNOW THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH STAND-YOUR-GROUND. But that case IS why this effort to repeal Stand-Your-Ground was initiated, for political reasons, so in that sense I thought the photo appropriate. (Plus, we ought never give up an opportunity to undercut the false “Saint Trayvon” narrative.)


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with upcoming seminars scheduled for Atlanta GA (11/16), and Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and elsewhere.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.