Marco Rubio told reporters during a stop in Palm Beach County this week that lawmakers should wait to find out what happened in the Trayvon Martin case before rushing to debate the merits of the “stand your ground” law if that case will be the basis for examining the law. “We don’t know the facts in this case … I think a lot of people have rushed to judgment,” Rubio said. “It’s a self defense law. Stand your ground does not allow you to chase somebody and shoot them. I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case, but if it happened in this case, or any other case, stand your ground does not apply. Let’s wait until the facts are out so we can have an intelligent debate.” The law allowing people to meet force with force, passed in 2005, when Rubio was in the Legislature, but before he was speaker, has come under scrutiny in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The shooter, George Zimmerman, who has not been charged, claims he acted in self defense.
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