The 17-member Stand Your Ground Task Force is going to Ground Zero. It will meet Tuesday in Longwood, 12 miles from the gated subdivision where Trayvon Martin died. Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll says the location is not a coincidence.
“The situation with Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman occurred there. It’s a matter of healing too, because I don’t believe that the citizens have had an opportunity to really voice their opinion,” said Lt. Governor Carroll.
Since the task force’s initial meeting on May 1st, a web site has received more than 1700 emails. Most are pro gun.
A Pensacola man asset that Stand your ground is a “god given right.” Lois Nichols of Port St. Lucie says no change is needed, while a Jacksonville man says the legislation is stopping thugs from vicious attacks.
Of the 25 messages available online Friday, only one, from a Manatee County woman, suggested the law needed fixing and that the concealed carry law needed to be eliminated.
The Lieutenant Governor is one of four task force members who voted for the initial legislation. She says the final task force recommendation will be based on hard data, now being collected by the College of Law at the University of Florida.
“So we’ll be able to get statistical data back to the task force to show whether we have fairness,” said Lt. Governor Carroll.
The Task Force’s recommendation isn’t expected until early next year.
The task force’s official name is the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection. You can access their web site, where you can find out about future meetings and send your own opinion if you so choose.