In Arlington, Jeb Bush says â€˜stand your groundâ€™ invalid in Trayvon Martin case
By GROMER JEFFERS JR., The Dallas Morning News
ARLINGTON â€” Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that the â€œstand your groundâ€ self-defense law he signed while in office should not apply to the case of a teenager who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in his home state.
â€œThis law does not apply to this particular circumstance,â€ Bush said after an education panel discussion at the University of Texas at Arlington. â€œStand your ground means stand your ground. It doesnâ€™t mean chase after somebody whoâ€™s turned their back.â€
He was referring to last monthâ€™s incident in which 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was pursued by the volunteer and fatally shot in a scuffle.
â€œAnytime an innocent life is taken itâ€™s a tragedy,â€ Bush said. â€œYouâ€™ve got to let the process work.â€
Bush signed the law, pushed for by gun rights advocates, in 2005. It allows Florida residents to use deadly force rather than retreat if they feel threatened, even if they are not at home. Police and prosecutors cited the law in deciding not to charge George Zimmerman, the volunteer.