Ann Coulter on Sunday was anxious to defend Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law, arguing that it should not be a part of the debate in the killing of an unarmed African-American teen.
The conservative firebrand told an ABC News panel that no matter which side of the story you believe — either neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old that he gunned down — the “Stand Your Ground” law was irrelevant in the case.
Florida became the first state in 2005 to do away with the English Law concept of a “duty to retreat” when they passed a law that expanded self-defense zones to most public places.
ABC’s Terry Moran noted on Sunday that Florida’s law “short circuits” the process by preventing the justice system from coming to a conclusion about Zimmerman’s guilt because he was never charged.
“Florida, unlike any other state that has a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, makes it very difficult to trust out system, trust the jury, let them find the facts and do justice,” Moran said.
“That is completely wrong,” Coulter replied. “This had nothing to do do with the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. … because in one [version of the story], you have Zimmerman — the white Hispanic — tracking down the suspicious looking kids just because he’s black, blowing him away. We’ll the question is, did he ever have to retreat? No, he’s the one doing the stalking. In the second narrative, he’s on the ground being beaten up by Trayvon Martin. There’s no possibility of retreating when you are on the ground.”
“This does not implicate the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law,” she added.
“The police don’t have to believe one narrative or the other,” Moran pointed out. “The police have to look at the fact that somebody discharged the firearm into another human being on the public thoroughfare, and what happened here.”
“In neither narrative is retreating an option,” Coulter continued to insist. “This is simple self defense on at least George Zimmerman’s narrative.”
Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday said that he expected Florida to reconsider the law after Martin’s killing.
“I’m confident that the people of Florida will debate and discuss whether or not this law, that ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, whether it’s being applied as it was intended to apply, and whether or not as intended it makes sense,” he told CBS News.
Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, uploaded April 1, 2012.