Ever since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the "Stand your ground" law has been a topic of much debate. When a jury came back with a "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, millions of Americans were left scratching their head and wiping a tear from their eyes.
While many studies have shown that the "Stand your ground" law has worked against the best interest of the African American community, the conservative "Daily Caller" believes that the opposite is true. Fox News host Sean Hannity and his recent guest, Fox News contributor Jason Riley, doubled down on the Daily Caller's claims and made their thoughts known on a recent episode of "Hannity."
"Riley: It's self-defense that benefits, disproportionately, poor blacks. The same group that liberals claim to care so much about. As you said, in Florida, Florida blacks are about 17% of the population. But they're 31% of stand your ground defendants, Sean. These are the people who are using this law.
Hannity: Most of them successfully.
Riley: To defend themselves. So to the extent that we are limiting the ability of poor blacks to defend themselves -- I mean, these efforts are actually resulting in people's lives being taken."
The Atlantic Wire disputed the claims made by the Daily Caller, continuing the debate over the "Stand you ground" law. The shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial quickly became more about politics than anything else. Those on the political left and right were left screaming about their own personal politics instead of the matter at hand. At the end of the day, a teenage boy is dead and the man who shot him has been left to walk free. Whether you agree with the verdict or the "Stand your ground" law itself, most can come to an agreement that it's a situation no one is hoping happens again.