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New Law Can Help The Next Marissa Alexander

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9594746851_a6e5085346_zBy Dr. Sinclair Grey III

The state of Florida has definitely been the topic of much discussion lately. The Stand Your Ground law has been talked about and discussed at length within the civil rights community. In addition to the law, the cases of Trayvon Martin, Marissa Alexander, and Jordan Davis, just to name a few have sparked outrage over the use of deadly force.

Because of all that has transpired over Stand Your Ground, the Florida Senate passed a bill that is expected to be signed by Gov. Rick Scott which ‘grants immunity to people with clean criminal records who fire a warning shot or threaten to use deadly force in self-defense.’ In addition to this, the court records of those charged with firing a weapon will be sealed.

This ‘warning shot’ bill is backed by the NRA and other groups who see this bill as a way of protecting people who face prosecution. Let’s face it – this is about self-defense. According to Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker), ‘it’s one more step forward for people to protect themselves.
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It’s important to know that the bill was passed 33 to 7. Critics of the bill believe this will open the door to unnecessary warning shots.

This bill was needed to gain a fair application of Stand Your Ground. We can’t forget what has happened to Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville woman who is facing 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her estrange husband.

Those who have been found to have used justifiable force under Stand Your Ground will have their court records expunged. Innocent people should not have their records made available to the public, that’s why there is the support for having their records expunged.

Gov. Scott is a huge supporter of the Second Amendment and is looking forward to reviewing the bill.

Source: theGrio and Miami Herald

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, author of (5) books, business consultant, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow him on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org