Sarasota city commission: Repeal stand your ground

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 10:05 pm | Updated: 9:58 pm, Wed Oct 16, 2013.

SARASOTA-- Every year, the Commission in the city of Sarasota meet to discuss the issues they want state lawmakers to address during the upcoming legislative session. This year, in the city's Legislative Priority list, the Commission is asking that the state's controversial stand your ground law be repealed.

Vice Mayor Willie Shaw led the effort for the item to be placed on the list.

"Definitely a repeal, a readdressing, or a reevaluation. It has to come. Even if Florida was one of the first to implement it, that doesn't make it right," said Shaw. "If Tallahassee doesn't hear the voice of the people, then how do the people know that Tallahassee is doing the work of the people?"

At least one member of the Commission does not believe the issue should be on the list. Mayor Shannon Synder is a proponent of the law.

"I think local government needs to stick to local issues and things that affect them directly. This did not affect us directly. This was an emotional reaction to an issue that wasn't even a stand your ground case," said Snyder.

Snyder is referring to the Trayvon Martin case. Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Last July, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter. Even though stand your ground did not apply in the trial, scores of people around the state and country continue to demand that Florida get rid of the law.

"It doesn't make sense," said Christian Ziegler, the republican state committeeman.

Christian Ziegler, State Committeeman

Ziegler is a city of Sarasota resident. He has started an online petition at denouncing the city's recent action.

"I'm very disappointed to see the City Commission would empower criminals, rather than protect the citizens that they are supposed to be representing," said Ziegler.

The Legislative Priority list will be presented to state lawmakers who represent this area on Wednesday.

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  • Curt1017 posted at 10:37 am on Tue, Sep 17, 2013.

    Curt1017 Posts: 9

    They say they are working for the people yet they do what they want and not what the people want. Let's give criminals an extra sense of security knowing if we defend ourselfs we go to jail. The people that run Sarasota are fools in my opinion.

  • One Small Voice posted at 9:59 am on Tue, Sep 17, 2013.

    One Small Voice Posts: 1

    I believe it's time to clean out these politicians that say they're the 'voice of the people'. I guarantee you that if you take a poll of your Sarasota County citizens, as well as the entire state of Florida, you will find an overwhelming demand to NOT repeal this law. You start taking away our inalienable right to defend ourselves then all that's left are criminals that will run rampant unchecked.


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