NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg ‘Shoot First Laws Inspire Dangerous Vigilantism’


At least one politician is using the acquittal of George Zimmerman as an example of why "Stand Your Ground" laws like those in Florida should be rolled back. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement on Sunday condemning “shoot first” laws.

"Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably never be known," Bloomberg said in the statement. "But one fact has long been crystal clear: 'shoot first' laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns. Such laws — drafted by gun lobby extremists in Washington — encourage deadly confrontations by enabling people to shoot first and argue 'justifiable homicide' later."

Currently, 24 states have SYG laws in place. The measures allow for the use of deadly force in self-defense without requiring an individual to first attempt to retreat, The Huffington Post reported.

Bloomberg has addressed SYG laws in the past. In the wake of Martin's death, the mayor said, "I go to states with Stand Your Ground laws. My daughters go to states with Stand Your Ground laws. This is a part of America and I think these kinds of laws that lead to vigilantism are just not appropriate."

The NAACP has started a petition asking that federal prosecutors take action against Zimmerman.

"The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin,” the petition read. "We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation. Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today."

Sources: The Huffington Post, ABC News


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