Trayvon Martin Fallout: Congress Targets Guns, Neighborhood Watches


When Congress' spring break is over in two weeks, expect a flurry of bills related to the Trayvon Martin shooting, ranging from gun control to neighborhood watch regulations.

Fox News reports that members of the Congressional Black Caucus are hard at work on proposals to prevent further incidents.

"I am tired of burying young black boys," Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Martin's Florida district, said on the House floor last week.

To that end, Wilson plans to call for the creation of a commission to study racial disparities among black men in America.

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is working on a bill that would require neighborhood watch groups to register. 

"No one's registered," Jackson Lee spokesman Michael McQuerry told

Other proposals deal with the controversial "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws in which a person is allowed to use deadly force in they feel threatened even outside of their homes.

The chances of any of these bills passing is low, as Fox happily pointed out:

The legislative steps in the wake of the fatal shooting face an uncertain fate. So far, they come exclusively from Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus -- not power-wielding Republicans who would no doubt be leery of a hasty legislative response, particularly with an investigation still underway.


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