July 18, 2013 4:03 PM
In speaking out against "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws this week, Attorney General Eric Holder criticized legislation that has been enacted in some two dozen states and has been backed by powerful gun lobbyists since the first such law was passed in Florida in 2005. Grammy-winning legend Stevie Wonder said during a concert that he will not perform in Florida or any other state that allows the "Stand Your Ground" law. The announcement, which came shortly after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Matin, was made during a performance in Quebec City, Canada. The not guilty verdict in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has reshaped a black civil rights convention in Orlando, Florida where delegates are calling for federal charges following a trial they say failed to serve justice. The civil rights activists were gathering for the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) just 30 minutes drive from where the murder trial took place when the jury issued its decision on Saturday night. Speeches were hastily re-written, agendas altered and conversation in the halls re-focused.