Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came face-to-face with Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, on Capitol Hill during a Tuesday hearing on “Stand Your Ground” laws. After offering his condolences to Fulton, Cruz told the mother that the self-defense laws are not racist because they help blacks as much as whites, if not more.
Cruz also explained that, despite some efforts to exploit Martin’s death, George Zimmerman’s defense team never used Stand Your Ground laws as a defense in the murder trial.
“We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic, violent incident for agendas that have nothing to do with that young man who lost his life. We have seen efforts to undermine the verdict of the jury and, more broadly, to inflame racial tensions that I think are sad and irresponsible,” the Texas senator added.
Cruz went on to refute the “remarkable” allegation that Stand Your Ground laws do not protect black communities.
“I think that’s a remarkable statement on many, many fronts, including the fact that a great many African-Americans find themselves victims of violent crime, and have asserted this defense to defend themselves, defend their families, defend their children,” he explained.
The assertion is even more “remarkable,” Cruz said, when you consider that in 2004, “a state senator in Illinois by the name of Barack Obama co-sponsored an expansion of Illinois’ law providing civil immunity for those who use justifiable force to defend themselves.”
“The notion that stand your ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack, but it is not borne out by the facts remotely,” he concluded.
The above article gives an accurate and true picture of the events at the “Stand Your Ground” hearings on Oct, 29 of 2013. After reading a post on my Facebook page by a friend of mine, I decided I needed to present what was actually said. The video is clear, there was no malice in what was being stated by Sen. Ted Cruz.
Here is the opening paragraph from the link my buddy posted.
Soulless approximation of a human being Ted Cruz (R-Ted Cruz) showed up for work today at that business he tried to burn to the ground a few weeks ago and his first order of business was to sociopathsplain to Trayvon Martin’s mom that her son’s murder was more of a bug – a dead bug – than a feature of Florida’s Stop! Bang! Bang! Bang! Or I’ll Shoot law:
The article goes on to make out Sen. Ted Cruz as a cold hearted racist, incompetent and irresponsible. The article goes on to quote some statistics but never provides the actual figures or a direct link to the source. Truth be known, the article is pushing the emotional fold in an attempt to make this a race war.
The clip above was on the now infamous “Stand your Ground” law. For those that are still uninformed, Zimmerman’s defense didn’t even use “Stand your Ground” as a defense in the case. The fact of the matter is that law abiding citizens WILL benefit form the law whether you are black, white, red, brown, purple, well you get the point. I am not going to get into the race part of this article. I am not interested in being drawn into a argument on the subject. If anyone is interested in the true statistics just head on over to the DOJ’s web site. They have plenty of information to base a solid concussion on race and crime. What I will say is, facts remain facts regardless of how much you dislike them.
I have been shot at twice, had a handgun pulled on me and I had home invader(s) during my life in Norfolk, VA “Ocean View”. I did not have to shoot anyone and you can believe me it was not due to Virginia not having “Stand your Ground” in place. The two times I was shot at, were from moving vehicle so dropping to the ground was enough to keep myself safe. The time I had a gun pulled on me was from a vehicle while I was walking with friends. I was not armed at the time so my options where limited. I ended up making a get away by ducking and swing around back of the vehicle and making a mad dash to a lighted and populated area.
The one occurrence that could have resulted in lethal defense was the home invasion. I heard the person(s) enter my home in which case I retrieved my handgun and racked the slide. This just happened to be enough to thwart the invaders as they apparently heard me rack the slide and decided to exit in a hurry.
During the four encounters I did not consider the law in the least bit. To put this in perspective, I did not have time to think about the consequences of defending my life. The only thing going through my mind was, can I survive this!
My concerns are with the home invaders, if I had shot and killed the invaders(s) on this day, what would the law say? Would I lose my livelihood while being tied up in court and possibly in jail for defending my right to life? The “Stand your Ground” law would have saved me a lot of additional pain and allowed me to continue my life if I had needed to use lethal force.
Link to the false claims article,