Dems Mail Senator On ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

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Twenty-three Senate Democrats have signed on to a letter to Republican Sen. George Maziarz, asking him to withdraw a bill similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

The bill would allow someone to use “deadly physical force” if they are defending themselves from “imminent death” or protecting their home or car from a burglary. Such laws have garnered national attention over the past month, following the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin as he walked home from a corner store.

“We urge you to immediately withdraw this dangerous bill,” the Senate Democrats wrote. “This legislation has the effect of justifying murder because of a perceived threat, even in cases where that perception appears to be based more on racist stereotyping than on any real danger.”

The New York bill has been introduced several times since 2007 and hasn’t passed either house of the Legislature. It does not have an Assembly sponsor this year, and is sponsored in the Senate by Maziarz, of Newfane, Niagara County.

Here’s the letter, which was coordinated by Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan:

2012-03-26 Letter to Sen Maziarz on S281

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  1. “Racist stereotyping?” Ironically, Kreuger et al are so stupid that they don’t even realize that their comment on “racist stereotyping” is in and of itself, racist stereotyping. What a bunch of intellectually challenged, play-to-the-crowd nitwits.