Obama blasts 'stand your ground' law during press briefing
In keeping with the advice of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel -- to never let a good crisis go to waste -- President Barack Obama took to the microphone on Friday and during his comments on the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin tragedy he questioned whether or not Florida's so-called ‘‘stand your ground’’ law has a positive influence on peace and public safety in America, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to the Law Enforcement Examiner.
Obama suggested positive measures that the American people should implement such as sensitivity training for local law enforcement officers.
"This may sound reasonable to Obama's liberal-left supporters, but in the context of the Zimmerman trial, it's meaningless," said former police detective Sid Franes, who is African American.
Many media critics have pointed out an enormous amount of left-leaning bias in the coverage of the Zimmerman-Martin case.
"First of all, everyone associated with the case including the prosecutors said race was not an issue in the case. Second, the case had nothing to do with police relations with the black community. A cop didn't shoot Trayvon Martin," said Franes.
"The Obama administration attack on stand your ground laws suggests the White House cannot tolerate the individual right to self defense and the right to use force of arms in self-defense," said John Snyder, a gun rights expert and a board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
"Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder," noted Snyder, "said the other day with regard to stand your ground laws that, 'it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense.' The attorney general does not value stand your ground laws to protect the right to self-defense, to protect life itself from prospective criminal attack."
Snyder, who's a former editor with the National Rifle Association (NRA), claims the Obama government does not recognize the natural right to life itself, let alone the right to keep and bear arms to defend life.
"It opposes the right to life, and now is trying to use its power to force people to act against their religious conscience and pay for insurance for abortion," he said.
"Basically," said Snyder, "the Obama administration refuses to accept the concept of natural right. Whatever rights this government recognizes come from the state, and not from nature or nature's God.
Snyder added, "Obama and his political and media supporters just can't seem to get through their heads that law-abiding citizens need to be able to get guns and use them in legitimate self-defense. About 100 million Americans own about 300 million rifles, shotguns and handguns. Americans buy over 10 million firearms a year and use guns in legitimate defense over a million times a year."
Snyder said, "Obama and company don't understand that America is gun country. Firearms are at least as American as apple pie."