Monday, July 15, 2013

Getting Zimmerman-ed in Bay Area Houston

The right wing Stand your Ground law has consequences, even right here in the Bay Area.

This is a sad event. A 36 year old was gunned down by a well off doctor outside his home in Taylor Lake Village. This happened in May of 2013. The case has not been referred to a grand jury. According to KHOU:

A well-to-do doctor claims it was self-defense when he shot and killed 36-year-old Brandon Smith. Police said Smith crashed a crawfish boil at the doctor's house, got kicked out and went back later. Smith's dad says his son was walking his dog the second time. He said Smith had a brain injury and was gunned down in the street and not on anyone's property.

What  get sme is that the grieving father is a member of the Republican Party, the very party that created and supports the Stand Your Ground law. This is the party that believes in shoot first ask questions later. They are in love with guns and laws that protect the shooter. The doctor will probably use the Stand Your Ground law as defense of this defenseless unnecessary violence. And given what has recently happened in Florida, he has a good chance of getting off.

Hopefully this senseless shooting will end up in the grand jury.


  1. US Attorney General Eric Holder agrees with you, the Stand You Ground laws so popular among gun-totin' conservatives, is the big problem. See Washington Post, in short...

    ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws here Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP that addressed the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

    The laws “sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said, by “allowing – and perhaps encouraging – violent situations to escalate in public.”

    Holder also criticized the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Voting Rights Act, which said Congress must come up with a new formula based on current data to determine which states should be subject special scrutiny regarding voting rights. He said he is shifting Justice Department resources to focus on enforcing other provisions of the act, rather than waiting for Congress to devise the new formula.

    ”Let me be clear,” Holder said. “This was a deeply disappointing and flawed decision. It dealt a serious setback to the cause of voting rights. And like all of you, I strongly disagree with the court’s action.”

  2. It is hard to have pity on the grieving father. He is a teabagger. he probably loves guns and the right to defend himself with guns. So now he pays the ultimate price and loses his son to a stupid killing. How do you feel sorry for him? He wanted stand your ground. He wanted guns in every pot in Texas. He helped kill his own son.

    I am sorry for the killing, but damn, it is hard to be sorry for the father. He brought this on himself.