‘Stand Your Ground’ Still Stands 2 Years After Trayvon’s Death

Despite the multiple killings, the outrage and all the debate, the controversial law remains on the books in dozens of states across the country.

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The problem, however, is that this is probably the first time most of us are hearing about it.

Armstrong was quick to point out “at least 17 bills in nine states [from NBCSL members] to repeal or reform ‘Stand your ground’ laws,” work that continues well into the 2014 session. But you don’t get any feeling of urgency on the issue or that any repeal movement is actually taking place when you head over to the NBCSL website. For an issue this big and this recent, one would think an organization with more than 600 elected officials as its members would be shaking it up a bit.

It was fascinating to discover the political mastery and tactical precision employed in the passage of “Stand your ground,” now on the books in 24 states near you. What’s interesting is that we’re not seeing any of that same energy in reverse. There is no real sophisticated and relentless political operation that combines existing assets into calculated grassroots advocacy aligned with results-oriented grasstops action. But, there is still, laughing from the law books, “Stand your ground.”

Charles D. Ellison is a veteran political strategist and frequent contributor to The Root. He is also Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune and chief political correspondent for Uptown magazine. You can reach him via Twitter.