What You Need to Know

The tragic murder of a 17 year old black walking home in the rain by a so-called neighborhood watchman who apparently chased him down and shot him because this young black man “looked suspicious” has dominated the news this past week. It has the media and the country enraged about the law in Florida that allowed the perpetrator to not just walk away, but walk away never having been questioned by the police about what occurred and walk away with the gun that killed an unarmed child. This man is still free, still unquestioned by authorities and still armed.

MSNBC’s Up with Chris dedicated its entire two hours to a discussion about the public call for justice, how these “Stand Your Ground” laws that allowed his assailant to walk were passed by state legislatures and the ramifications. The Up w/ Chris Hayes panel, The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Nation‘s Liliana Segura, the Bernard Center’s Michelle Bernard, and former police officer Peter Moskos, discuss the case in detail and the national cause it has become.

The tragedy of Trayvon Martin

Gun lobby influence on ‘Stand Your Ground’

Lisa Graves, the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, joins the Up w/ Chris Hayes panelists to discuss “Stand Your Ground” and the nationwide gun lobby.

Now We Know: Increase of justified homicides in Florida

MSNBC host Chris Hayes and his panel share what they know from the week’s news, including reports that the number of justified homicides in Florida has increased since the state’s “Stand Your Ground” bill was signed into law.



    • TMC on 03/25/2012 at 15:09
  1. and had money in the bank – like 6 or 10 grand – THE MOST I’d ever had in my 30 years of life –

    [I’ve been f’king sick of people who say money doesn’t matter – try NOT having it.]

    To commemorate my riches for risking my ass,

    and to make sure that if I ever moved from Seattle back to Massachusetts I’d have my own handgun,

    I went to 1 of the (now closed) gun stores on 1st ave in Seattle.

    I’d moved from Boston in Sept. ’89, and could NOT believe that all I needed was a clean record and driver’s license and to be over 21 and I could buy a handgun!!

    Any-hoo — .38 ammo was cheap back then because lots of cops still carried .38’s but revolvers were definitely NOT in fashion, it was before the 9mm & .40 high capacity magazine craze was starting, or really going.

    They had a nice made in America Smith & Wesson .357 for $300 bucks, and I asked the clerk about reloading, and he showed me this speedloader thing …

    and told me how when he was sitting at home watching t.v. or whatever he’d practice with his speedloader … even closing his eyes …


    while I think MA. gun laws suck, as they’re written by the wealthy who have their heads up their asses cuz they don’t live in shitholes —– and I like my .357,

    I don’t think the nutty gun nut crowd really needs this Stand Like You’re John Wayne crap – whew.


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