Former Republican Governor of Floridawas seen on CNN Friday defending "Stand Your Ground," which he signed into law in 2005. Based on this legislation, the Sanford, Fla., police department has not arrested the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, deciding that the shooter was acting in self-defense.
But Bush said that the law does not apply in the Martin case, for the shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, wasn't standing his ground but instead followed the teen when he was clearly told not to.
The Stand Your Ground law has come under increased scrutiny and criticism since Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman, a Sanford neighborhood watch captain, on Feb. 26.
Critics of the law say it was unnecessary and has nothing to do with self-defense but actually adds gray areas to the law, making vigilantism harder to prove. Critics also contend the law was pushed through the Florida legislature by gun-hungry lobbyists for the National Rifle Association.
The director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Auther Hayhoe, says Stand Your Ground just makes it easier to claim self-defense for " shooting Uncle Joe in the backyard because you don't like his barbecue." Hayhoe reportedly said that the Martin case is one of 18 he has documented in Florida where killers walked free afer they claimed self-defense under this law. Florida State records show that "justifiable homocide" by private citizens have increased since the law was signed. In 2010 there were an alleged 40 such killings, compared to eight in 2004.
Jeb Bush, brother of former President, has endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
To date, Zimmerman has not been arrested or even "processed" to gather information. His lawyer is now clearly mounting a defense of sorts in the media. As seen on CNN Monday, he claimed his client received deep cuts on the back of his head the night of the killing, yet he did not go to an emergency room.
No mention of injuries were in the first police report but magically appeared in the second, and because they did not take Zimmerman in for further questioning or evidence gathering, such as pictures of his body, etc., all of this is simply based on his word. Trayvon Martin is dead, so we cannot get his side of what happened.
Mass rallies and protests are planned for Monday in Sanford, one month after the teen was shot to death. The Black Panther Movement, as seen on CNN today, has claimed their $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman's head will rise to $1 million in the coming days. "If the government won't do the job, we'll do it," New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad said.