By Fred Lucas
Liberal groups favoring gun control are targeting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for supporting a “Stand Your Ground” law that received near unanimous bipartisan support in the state’s legislature.
Though 24 states now have the law, Florida was the first state to adopt the law with Bush’s signature in 2005.
The Center for American Progress report titled, “Jeb Bush’s License to Kill,” says since the law was enacted, “justifiable” murder rates have increased in the state, and disproportionately affected minorities.
“Defendants who raised a Stand Your Ground defense [in Florida] were 24 percent more likely to avoid criminal liability for a homicide if they killed a black victim,” the report states.
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Participating in the report was the liberal group Color of Change.
“These laws were stirred by corporate special interest that make the rest of us less save,” said Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, during a press conference call Wednesday. “People want to know, what can we do to make sure black lives matter.”
Bush is a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The report was timed to be released ahead of Bush’s Friday speech to the National Urban League, a civil rights group.
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Source:: The Blaze