'Stand Your Ground' in the Spotlight
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"Stand Your Ground" laws give people with no law enforcement authority the right to make instant decisions about life or death — with immunity from prosecution. Is that really what the 2nd Amendment is all about? How were such laws enacted in 25 states? Also, turmoil in Egypt's presidential race, and mixed results for the heads of state in Cartagena, Colombia.
Banner image: George Zimmerman (C) appears for a bond hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara (R) in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was charged yesterday with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who died February 26, 2012. Photo by Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images
Egypt's Presidential Race in Turmoil ()
With just two months left before Egypt's much-awaited presidential election, three main contenders have been disqualified by the country's election commission. Today, they appealed. David Kirkpatrick is Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times.
Is it 'Stand Your Ground' or 'Make My Day?' ()
It used to be that people threatened with violence had a duty to flee, unless they were defending their own homes. The recent Trayvon Martin killing has focused attention on so-called "stand-your-ground" laws, which began in Florida and have spread to 24 other states. Under such laws, anyone who claims to "perceive" a threat has the right to use equal force for protection. New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg says they're creating a nation of vigilantes. Many cops and prosecutors agree. The National Rifle Association supports "stand-your-ground" laws and gun control advocates are losing ground. Despite real dangers in some neighborhoods, is the right to carry a gun being given more value than the right to life?
NOTE: The NRA declined our invitation to participate in this discussion.
- Elizabeth Megale: Barry University, @BarryUniversity
- David LaBahn: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, @APAinc
- Gerald Vernon: Chicago Firearms Safety Association
- Susan Ferriss: Center for Public Integrity, @susanferriss
- Daniel Vice: Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, @bradybuzz
Summit of the Americas Highlights US Isolation ()
After the first Western Hemisphere summit since 2009, President Obama and Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos reached agreement on labor rights and a free-trade agreement. But the broader meeting of heads of state produced mixed results, including sharply divided outlooks on drugs and Cuba. Andrés Rozental is a former deputy foreign minister of Mexico, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.
- Andres Rozental: Brookings Institution
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