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Black Arkansas State Senator Stands Her Ground

An Arkansas state senator lit up the Capitol building with an emotional protest to a bill that would remove a “duty to retreat” provision in the state’s self-defense laws.

Advocates of “stand your ground” laws have been attempting to pass a similar measure in Arkansas for over a decade, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

The provision was put up to debate with the suggestion that the senators institute a time limit Wednesday. When Senator Stephanie Flowers requested time to comment, committee chairman Senator Alan Clark said as long as she made it quick.

Ms. Flowers responded, “I’ll be as quick as I can, as quick as it takes to kill somebody, I guess.”

“It doesn’t take much to look on the local news every night and see how many black kids, black boys, black men, are being killed with these ‘stand your ground’ defenses that these people raise, and they get off,” she said.

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