Bill Nelson's spokesman says the senator DOES have an opinion on "stand your ground"

McLaughlin wrote, "Specifically, Bill didn't refuse to take sides on stand your ground, he didn't express a position on whether there should be "a special session" of the legislature to reconsider the law.


"In fact," McLaughlin added, "he has a very clear position on the stand your ground law and has publicly said he thinks state lawmakers need to change it."


Accompanying McLaughlin's statement is a previous quote from Nelson (where and when he made the comment isn't included).


"I've been around guns much of my life. I was raised on a ranch in Florida. I go hunting. And I own guns. I support the right of people to own guns and use them lawfully to defend themselves in the face of a grave threat. But I don't want to see this abused. The Legislature in Florida will be facing proposals to change the law and I hope it will. One thing I think we need to do is try to ensure the law is applied fairly and consistently. For instance, a recent media analysis of about 200 stand-your-ground cases in Florida found one in which a man avoided homicide prosecution even though he left an altercation to go get his gun out of his car before returning and shooting the attacker. The bottom line here is this: When you're talking about taking a human life — the bar needs to be set extremely high."


As quoted in our original post, on Monday, when asked his opinion about "stand your ground," Nelson did say there are "gradations" of the law.


"What about the guy who gets into a fight, he runs into his car, gets a pistol, and comes back and shoots somebody," Nelson rhetorically asked reporters. "Now that obviously should not apply, and yet there was a case and that was utilized ... in a stand your ground situation (he did not specify what case that was). Well, you should never employ it in that kind of circumstance, so you have to use some common sense in how it is applied and it ought to be narrowly defined. Because if there is an opportunity to turn on your heel and walk away so that people are not severely injured or killed, you ought to always exercise that type of judgment."


Subsequently, I wrote a post on Tuesday quoting Nan Rich criticizing Nelson for his refusal to talk about whether the Legislature should engage in a special session to tweak the law.

In the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case, a number of Florida Democrats have called for the controversial "stand your ground" law to be re-examined, with many legislators calling for a special session to do so.

But when Bill Nelson was asked about that on Monday, the Florida Democratic senator demurred, saying, "Look, I've got enough trouble to try to get things done in Washington. I'm not going to weigh in on the state legislature."

CL posted that story with the headline Bill Nelson doesn't have much of an opinion on "stand your ground."

The Tampa Tribune's William March, who was also at the press conference at Tampa International Airport, wrote a similar story, entitled, "Nelson won't take sides on Stand Your Ground."

But according to Nelson's chief spokesman, Dan McLaughlin, both March and yours truly weren't accurate. How's that?

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