John McCain: "Stand Your Ground" laws should be reviewed

He added that "I don’t frankly see the connection" between reviewing the laws and gun control

By Jillian Rayfield
Published July 21, 2013 5:22PM (EDT)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that Arizona and other states should review "Stand Your Ground" laws in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. "I am confident that the members of the Arizona Legislature will, because it's very controversial legislation," he said.

"No one I know of has said this case is flawed or corrupt, or that there's anything wrong with the system of justice," McCain continued on CNN's Face the Nation. "I can also see that the stand your ground law may be something that needs to be reviewed by the Florida Legislature or any other Legislature. But to somehow condemn the verdict, you would have show me where the jury was corrupted."

When asked whether he agrees with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who says that calls for a review of the law are just an attempt to push for tougher gun control measures, McCain said: “I respect his view, but I don’t frankly see the connection."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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