McCain commended the comments about race that President Obama made on Friday. He told Crowley that Obama provided a very honest perspective on race, and it is a message that needs to be heard.
McCain also commended Obama for having the courage to address such an important,
domestic issue that has obviously taken the country by storm. He even said that a president that would ease away from such a responsibility would be derelict of the bully pulpit duty of the presidency. Meaning, Obama did what was necessary despite the partisan criticisms and disdain from the right wing and other factions.
McCain elaborated further by proclaiming that there is not enough dialogue and not enough engagement in this country—particularly between different groups of people.
Crowley quickly challenged McCain by asking him if this call for a national dialogue on race in America is just another political repeat, where people use a tragic event to call for this dialogue, but the dialogue never shows up.
McCain said that he has to do more to network with African-Americans, Latinos, and other ethnic groups. He then challenged the American people to step away from their comfort zones and expand their conversations beyond their fellow complexions.
Crowley then switched over to the Stand Your Ground law and quoted a statement by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) where he accused Obama of using his racial comments about the Trayvon Martin issue to try and overturn the controversial Stand Your Ground law to underhandedly force gun control down the 2nd Amendment's throat.
On Friday Sen. Cruz said:
“It is not surprising that the president uses, it seems, every opportunity that he can to go after our Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
McCain, no pun intended, stood his ground against Stand Your Ground, and he told Crowley that the law needs to be re-evaluated, even if it means revising the law in states like Florida, including the Stand Your Ground law in Arizona.
“I can also see that Stand Your Ground laws may be something that needs to be reviewed by the Florida legislature or any other legislature that has passed such legislation.”
Then McCain scoffed at the validity of Cruz's conspiracy theory that the opposition to the Stand Your Ground law is just a ruse for more gun control dressed up in justice's clothing.
McCain told Crowley:
“I'd rather have a message of coming together and discussing these issues rather than condemning.”
“I respect his (Cruz’s) view, but I don't frankly see the connection.”
So is McCain right to join President Obama, Trayvon Martin’s family, and many others in his concern about the Stand Your Ground laws? Maybe he is when you take a recent incident into consideration.
During a concert that took place in Hayward, California a little over a week ago, a white woman who was identified as 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter according to CBS San Francisco, assaulted a 73-year-old singer named Lester Chambers.
Allegedly, an angry Potter climbed on stage and attacked Chambers because he dedicated a song to slain teen Trayvon Martin. Witnesses claim that Potter yelled “It’s all your fault” at Chambers after she shoved him to the ground.
Now if this incident had taken place in a Stand Your Ground state like Florida, Chambers could have claimed that he feared for his life and legally responded to Potter with deadly force, if he had been armed based on the Florida definition of the law, because he didn’t know if Potter had a weapon and pushing a 73-year-old man down could kill him just as easily as George Zimmerman allegedly getting his head slammed on the concrete to the point where he needed two bandages.
And here is something that is even more chilling, Chambers could have shot and killed Potter right in front of everyone under the Stand Your Ground law in Florida. Now is anyone calling Potter a thug, because she was obviously the aggressor?
Even though Sen. McCain can lobby his state legislature to revise the Stand Your Ground law, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has staunchly thrown her support behind the law, so very little is likely to happen on the state level in spite of McCain's national influence.