Florida Governor Candidates Disagree About Changing Stand Your Ground Law
Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist disagree on a controversial self-defense law that allows Floridians to kill if they feel their lives are threatened.
When asked if justice was done in the 2012 shooting death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, Crist, a Democrat, referred to his days as a prosecutor.
"I understand that judging from afar is not a very good idea," Crist said. "What I do know though, is this Stand Your Ground law needs to be fixed.”
Crist said the law allows someone to instigate a confrontation, then kill the other person and be exonerated.
"There's something fundamentally flawed with that law," he said.
Scott, a Republican, said he met with Martin’s parents and made sure investigators did their job.
"It went through the system," he said. "I respect the system we have in our state."
But Stand Your Ground was here to stay.
“I would not change the law," Scott said. "I think that death is a tragic death. But I believe in the right to defend yourself.”