Arkansas: Opponent won't be silenced at "stand your ground" hearing

State senator and mom delivers impassioned statement

Arkansas State Sen. Stephanie Flowers responded forcefully when other committee members tried to shorten debate on the state's ‘stand your ground’ gun law Wednesday night.

Flowers is the only black member of the committee, according to arktimes.com.

"I am a mother, too. And I have a son. And I care as much for my son as y'all care for y'all's. But my son doesn't walk the same path as yours does. So this debate deserves more time." - Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers

And Arkansas is one of only three states in the South where the laws still require some form of a duty to retreat before using deadly force, according to a report at arkansasonline.com.

The consequences of this policy have been deadly, perhaps most infamously in Florida, where George Zimmerman was able to successfully claim self-defense in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, as Jezebel noted.

For 10 years, lawmakers have tried to pass a “stand-your-ground” law (in Arkansas) and for 10 years, they have not been successful, according to a report at thegrio.com.

The legislation was eventually voted down by a narrow margin, according to Newsweek.com.

The bill's sponsor hopes to bring the bill back up Monday and get one extra "yes" vote, kark.com reported.

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