July 21, 2013

Despite outcry, stand-ground law repeals unlikely

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Republican Sen. John McCain joined the call on stand-your-ground laws Sunday, urging state legislatures to review their statutes – including the one in his home state of Arizona.

"I'm confident that the members of the Arizona legislature will ... because it is a very controversial legislation," he said on CNN.

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" and called the laws "one of the things that has incited and ignited, I believe, this movement across the nation, which I think is the beginning of a new civil rights movement."

Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said during the show that the question now is whether it's proper for the federal government to tell states with stand-your-ground laws how to change or remake them. His answer: "No. I mean, this is something that's going to have to be worked out state by state."

Charles Ogletree, a Harvard Law School professor who taught both Barack and Michelle Obama, agreed: "The reality is that this is not a federal issue. This is a state issue."

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