(Miami Herald) Critics of the state’s “stand your ground” law and Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin hope to make Florida pay.
Their message as they implore state lawmakers to change the law: Don’t travel to Florida, and don’t buy Florida oranges and other Sunshine State products.
The drumbeat of opposition has quickly grown on social media, while a group camps outside Gov. Rick Scott’s office in the Capitol demanding action against the law that remains strongly supported by Florida’s Republican leaders.
Meanwhile, negative perceptions of the state have been fostered on venues such as the faux news program, “The Daily Show,” which has labeled Florida “the worst state.” A sister program, “The Colbert Report,” added that Florida “apparently no longer has rules or laws.”