Sen. McCaskill Calls For Candid Discussion On ‘Stand Your Ground’

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has reignited debate on so-called “stand your ground” laws in Florida and across the country.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says those laws aim to fix something that was never broken: the idea of self-defense.

Former prosecutor and current U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, agrees, telling KMOX News that the idea that George Zimmerman was merely defending himself offers no comfort to Martin’s family.

“There are no words that can express what parents of African-American children felt when they heard that verdict,” she said. “There are no words that can properly explain the fear that the parent of an African-American child has.”

McCaskill says she anticipates and welcomes a candid discussion about stand your ground laws in the wake of the Zimmerman trial.

“I think whatever we do to encourage the use of deadly force in non-lethal situations is not a good idea,” Missouri’s senior senator added.

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