Despite widespread claims that “stand your ground” was a factor in Zimmerman not being arrested immediately following the shooting, Zimmerman did not make a “stand your ground” defense claim at his trial.
Thom Tillis, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, pushed a law that contributed to the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
That’s according to the Harry Reid-backed group, Senate Majority PAC, which is out with a new radio ad tying Tillis to the controversial “stand your ground” law in an effort to help keep Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in office.
“Tillis even led the effort to pass the type of stand your ground laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin,” says the narrator of the radio spot, which blogger Sister Toldjah recorded and published online.
Tillis’ opponents have tried to tie him to “stand your ground” in the past through his work with the group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Tillis, who is currently North Carolina’s Speaker of the House, won the group’s Legislator of the Year award in 2011.