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Eric Holder Calls for End of "Stand Your Ground' Laws

Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday called for an end of so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws, warning they can encourage violent situations like the deadly altercation between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and represent a threat to public safety.

“It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder was expected to tell the NAACP convention in Orlando Tuesday, according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by Buzzfeed. “These laws try to fix something that was never broken.”

Holder said his comments about Stand Your Ground and other laws that expand the definition of the self-defense protection are “separate and apart” from the Martin case, but the doctrine has become a focus for critics outraged by the initial handling of Martin’s death by authorities.

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  • XM||

    FINALLY, an attorney general who wants to LIMIT the concept of self defense.

    And every crime statistic shows that most black kids are killed by white people and Asian low riders.

  • Knarf Yenrab (prev. An0nB0t)||

    No, no. White Hispanics kill their kids aided by their white lowriders (inspired by white Mexican culture), while white Asians kill their businesses.

  • plusafdotcom||

    Eric Holder: A new benchmark for Stupid.

  • MasterDarque||

    Dammit Eric wdf

  • Inigo M.||

    How about calling for an end to Holder's reign as AG? I mean, taken as a whole, his job performance has sucked quite badly.