Watch: Senator stands ground as colleague tries to end gun-law debate: ‘What the hell you gonna do, shoot me?’

Watch: Senator stands ground as colleague tries to end gun-law debate: ‘What the hell you gonna do, shoot me?’

Gun Rights

By Michael Brice-Saddler | The Washington Post Debate on gun legislation reached a crescendo at the Arkansas state capitol Wednesday when a senator fervently denounced a bill that would make it easier to use lethal force in the name of self-defense. The bill, sponsored by three Republican state senators, would remove a clause from the current law that required a “duty to retreat” in self-defense cases. Previous efforts to push similar “stand your ground” laws in the state, under both Democratic and Republican legislatures, have all failed within the last decade, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. But on Wednesday, Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D, spoke up when some members of the state’s Judiciary Committee tried to limit debate time on the issue – delivering an ardent monologue to explain why “stand your ground” laws are dangerous, particularly for people and communities of color. “I am the only person here of color. I am a mother, too, and I have a son,” Flowers said. “And I care as much for my son as y’all care for yours. But my son doesn’t walk the same path as yours does. So this debate deserves more time.” Addressing gun rights supporters in the room, Flowers said it was “crazy” to limit debate on such a sensitive issue. The senator again invoked her 27-year-old son, adding she was glad he no longer lives in Arkansas. “You don’t have to worry about your children . . . I have to worry about my son, and I worry […]

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