Democratic State Lawmaker Wants Stand Your Ground Law Repealed

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By Jessica Gertler

An Alabama lawmaker wants to repeal the Stand Your Ground self-defense law in the aftermath of the killing of Trayvon Martin, but will his outcry be heard in the State House?

One Democratic lawmaker isn't backing down. Monday night he invited the community to rally behind him, but Alabama News Network political analyst Steve Flowers says given that Republicans are the super majority in our state, it's unlikely that the self-defense law will be repealed.

The cry for change echoed in the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery as Local Representative Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, made his point clear. 

Holmes is renewing his fight over the Stand Your Ground Law that allows any person to use deadly force against someone else if they fear for their life.

"I'm going to introduce a bill to repeal it. If not, people will mess around and have the same thing happen in Alabama," he says.

Last year, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claimed self defense and was acquitted of murder.

"A young man lost his life, and the guy who did it is walking around free," says Holmes.

Dozens are rallying behind Holmes.

"My son is 22, but he's in New York. If he was down here, I would fear for his life if something like that would have happened to him," says Montgomery resident Cynthia Nelson. 

Alabama News Network Political Analyst Steve Flowers weighs in.

"Someone who would change it would have an uphill battle," he says.

Flowers says while many are protesting the stand your ground law, two thirds of our state support it. He wouldn't be surprised if lawmakers moved in the opposite direction.

"That's a possibility. We go even further. I say the chances of that happening are better than going the other way," says Flowers.

Twenty-one states have laws similar to Florida's Stand Your Ground. Since Martin's death, no state has repealed or reformed the law.

"They need to do away with the one in Florida, and we have one similar in Alabama, and they need to do away with that," says Holmes.

What do you think? Do you support Alabama's self-defense laws or do you think it's time to make a change? Head to our Alabama News Network Facebook page to tell us. 

 



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