In 2005, the NRA pushed it’s Florida members to vote to support the “Stand Your Ground” law. Now, when we’ve seen what that law can cause in the Trayvon Martin case, the National Rifle Association is now offering legal insurance for Stand Your Ground Shooters.
The insurance covers policy holders’ costs should they become embroiled in a legal battle after shooting someone in “self-defense.” It is formally endorsed by the NRA and administered by Lockton Affinity exclusively for NRA members (added as a rider to the “excess personal liability” plan.)
Here’s how the website advertises the added coverage for self-defense (emphasis in the original):
• Provides coverage up to the limit selected for criminal and civil defense costs.
• Criminal Defense Reimbursement is provided for alleged criminal actions involving self-defense when you are acquitted of such criminal charges or the charges are dropped.
And what does it cost? The basic liability plan costs either $47 or $67 annually, for coverage up to $100,000 or $250,000, respectively… PLUS a policy holder can add the self-defense insurance by paying $118 or $165 for the lesser coverage, or between $187 and $254 for the larger plan.The coverage amount stays the same.
As usual, America is so lucky to have the NRA looking after our right to bear (and use) arms.
- NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre: The Public Is Being Misinformed About the Stand Your Ground Law Because Politicians Don’t Want Americans Protecting Themselves (foxnewsinsider.com)
- How the NRA and Its Allies Helped Spread a Radical Gun Law Nationwide (motherjones.com)
- Hoosiers on parade: They shoot cops, don’t they? (brobrubel.wordpress.com)
- Reporter: Florida’s Stand Your Ground law ‘was an NRA effort from start to finish’ (rawstory.com)
- NRA Criticizes Coverage Of Martin Case (myfoxatlanta.com)
- Top NRA Official Accuses Media Of Engaging In ‘Sensational Reporting’ In Trayvon Martin Case (mediaite.com)
- NRA Chief Calls Media “National Disgrace” (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- NRA relationship with Florida a big reason Zimmerman remains free (thegrio.com)
- The Money Trail Behind Florida’s Notorious Gun Law (motherjones.com)
- MSNBC Slimes NRA as Having ‘Blood on Its Hands,’ Is Responsible for ‘Dead’ Americans (newsbusters.org)
The silhouette on the paper target is faceless. But the hoodie, the Skittles and the iced tea leave nothing to the imagination. This is meant to be Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old shot to death in February in Sanford, Florida.
Skittles brand candy is clearly depicted in the targets. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a division of Mars Inc., produces and markets Skittles. They could stop the sale of these targets by taking legal action against the Hiller Armament Company, which sells the targets online.
Stop the sale of these targets by signing our petition (at the link) to The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and Mars Inc.
I only noticed this because my daughter is a Cornell graduate and I’ve always thought it to be a reasonable and progressive school.
Then this came out in The Cornell Daily Sun:
Allegedly taunting them with references to Trayvon Martin, a group of people on the roof of the Sigma Pi fraternity house reportedly threw bottles and other objects at black students who were walking by the house early Sunday morning, according to several accounts.
Sigma Pi President Zach Smith ’13 said in an email Sunday afternoon that the fraternity has “figured out who the perpetrator was, and will turn his name over to police.” The individual identified was not a brother of the fraternity, he said.
Cornell Chief of Police Kathy Zoner confirmed that people were “reportedly making racial references” and throwing bottles from the roof of Sigma Pi. She added that she could not disclose more information because the investigation, which is being led by Ithaca Police, is ongoing.
Beverly Fonkwo ’14 said she was walking home with a friend when, unprovoked, the group on the fraternity roof began throwing objects that landed near a group walking behind them.
When the people walking behind Fonkwo asked them to stop, the people on top of the fraternity continued to throw objects — including a Jack Daniels that landed near the group behind and an unopened beer can that landed near Fonkwo and her friend — she said.
When they asked them to stop again, the group responded, “‘Come up here, Trayvon,’ and started making all these other racial comments,” Fonkwo said. A black teenager from Florida, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February — a death that was widely perceived as unprovoked and galvanized African American activists across the country.
There’s more in the article, but mostly about Sigma Pi making excuses.
That such a disappointing thing would happen in 2012… that it would use the calling out of Trayvon Martin’s name in a derisive manner… shows me how little we have gained in the last 50 years or so, and how little we have endowed our younger generation with.
According to the L.A.Times:
George Zimmerman, whose fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager has sparked nationwide protests over alleged racial profiling, had thought the entire incident would “blow over,” a friend said Sunday. Instead, Zimmerman is hiding amid death threats and demands for his arrest.
As to how anyone could think that the death of a 17-year-old armed with candy and iced tea could just disappear doesn’t realize his own failing.
Although he has some friends coming out to claim that Zimmerman is not racist, there is the problem of the 911 tape, the list of previous calls to the police from Zimmerman claiming other black people in the neighborhood (where apparently there are black residents) and the fact that Zimmerman was told to withdraw, but followed Trayvon Martin anyway.
In any other similar situation, a Zimmerman-type offender would be arrested if only to prevent his leaving Florida. Why not here?