Holder: Some Self-Defense Laws Should Be Questioned

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that it's time…

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that it’s time to question laws that expand self-defense – such as Florida’s “stand your ground” law — in the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal.

A day after he called Trayvon Martin’s death “unnecessary,” Holder told people at a national convention of the NAACP that such laws can be dangerous and that the federal government plans to do a thorough investigation into the Feb. 26, 2012, fatal shooting.

“It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” said Holder, of stand-your-ground laws. “These laws try to fix something that was never broken. There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the ‘if’ is important — no safe retreat is available.”

Read more at usatoday.com .

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