McCain joins Obama's call for a review of 'stand your ground' laws
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) agreed with his former opponent, President Obama, that "stand your ground" laws need to be re-examined, both nationally and in his home state of Arizona.
"The 'stand your ground' law may be something that may need to be reviewed by the Florida legislature or any other legislature that has passed such legislation," McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning.
McCain also praised comments made by President Obama following the George Zimmerman verdict about racial tensions that have been exposed by the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
"What I got out of the president's statement, which I thought was very impressive, is that we need to have more conversation in America," McCain said. "I need to talk to more of my Hispanic organizations in my state. I need to talk to more African-American organizations."
"We've still got a long way to go," McCain noted. "And I think the president very appropriately highlighted a lot of that...as only the president of the United States can."
McCain also took the opportunity to disagree with fellow Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), who believes the Obama administration's review of "stand your ground" laws is an attempt to further limit the rights of gun owners.
"Isn't it time for America to come together?" McCain asked. "I'd rather have a message of coming together and discussing these issues rather than condemning. I respect (Cruz's) view, but I don't frankly see the connection."
About 30 states have some form of a "stand your ground" law, including Pennsylvania, whose "stand your ground" provision was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in 2011.
Pennsylvania's "stand your ground" law differs from Florida's due to a requirement that the assaliant must also have a lethal weapon.