Congress wants the DOJ to evaluate Florida’s “Shoot First Law”

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Congress wants to take a closer look at Florida’s “Shoot First Law,” now that that law is preventing George Zimmerman from being arrested for murder.  In a letter to the Justice Department, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York called on the DOJ to investigate the Florida law – to find out if it’s leading to more deaths and preventing law enforcement from carrying out proper investigations. 

Since the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law went into effect in Florida back in 2005 – the number of so-called “justifiable homicides” in that state increased by almost 300 percent. 

But if Congress wants to do something about these laws, they’ll have to take on the very powerful NRA and Wal Mart lobbies that wrote the law in the first place through ALEC  - the American Legislative Exchange Council – to sell more guns and protect themselves from future lawsuits when their guns are used to kill people like Trayvon Martin.