This is very interesting. It turns out that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has strongly supported "Stand your ground" laws, which are in more that half of the states across the nation, including Florida. And who can forget Charlton Heston's Speech at the annual NRA Convention in Denver Colorado shortly after the infamous Columbine shootings. Well, where are they now? Kinda make you think.... So, here is the million dollar question. Why won't the NRA support Marissa Alexander? Check out the article and let me know your thoughts.
On Aug. 1, 2010, Alexander, of Jacksonville, Fla. -- then a 31-year-old mother of three with a 9-day-old baby -- fired a single warning shot into her ceiling after her husband, who had been arrested twice on domestic-battery charges, threatened her. He allegedly said, "If I can't have you, nobody going to have you." The shot hit no one.
She believed that she had the legal right to defend herself under Florida's "Stand your ground" law -- the same defense that George Zimmerman has claimed in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But a judge decided otherwise, applying the state's 10-20-Life law, under which an assault with a firearm carries a steep penalty. Her sentence? A mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison.
Alexander's conviction has sparked national outrage, and rightly so. The Rev. Al Sharpton has pledged to work on the case. After calling for a Justice Department review of the "Stand your ground" defense and racial disparities in the law's application in the Trayvon shooting, Rep. Corrine Brown denounced Florida's handling of Alexander's case, too. But the nation's most famous gun-advocacy group -- the NRA -- has so far remained silent.