The woman behind Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” rhapsodizes about shooting squirrels and rabbits as a youngster.
“I grew up with guns … It’s a way of life,” Marion Hammer of the NRA has said.
That is a pistol packer’s equivalent of saying “I was born this way.”
So maybe call her the Lady Gaga of guns. She certainly is wild about firearms.
“I’m four foot- 11, I’m 67 years old. If you come at me, and I felt that my life was in danger or that I was going to be injured, I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot you,” she declared the other day.
But do not call her simply a lobbyist. To do so drastically underestimates her while equally overestimating the state legislature.
Hammer does not so much lobby as orchestrate the legislature to do her bidding and therefore the bidding of the NRA, where she formerly served for three years as its first woman president. She continued to serve as a consultant and lobbyist known for standing her own ground. The NRA credits her with being the propelling force behind the Stand Your Ground Law that the Sanford chief of police and local prosecutor cited when they instructed the investigating detectives not to arrest George Zimmerman for shooting 17 year-old Trayvon Martin in February.
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