National Bar Association chief claims that Stand Your Ground law passed for financial motive
. . . “Their rhetoric doesn’t match the data,” said state Sen. Dennis Baxley who sponsored the original law and doesn’t want it changed.
Baxley was singled out Monday by John Page, the National Bar Association chief who suggested the Ocala Republican, a funeral director, had a financial motive in supporting Stand Your Ground.
“Rep. Baxley, I believe, his profession is a mortician,” Page said. “It’s not a way to draw up business.”
Baxley called the comments “unfortunate and callous. For 43 years I’ve served grieving families.... In the end, this wasn’t really a Stand Your Ground case and what you’re seeing here is a political agenda for the upcoming elections.”
When asked about the potentially small role Stand Your Ground might have played in the case, Page said the question answered itself.
“Why do you need the law then? There is a common-law right to protect yourself,” he said. . . .