The senior Senator appeared on CNN‘s ‘State of the Union‘ on Sunday, speaking to host Candy Crowley about the Zimmerman case, including the ongoing debate about the self-defense law. Crowley asked the Senator if he could see the death of Trayvon Martin in light of a history of injustice in America.
“Absolutely, I can see that,” McCain responded. “I can also see that ‘Stand Your Ground’ law may be something that needs to be reviewed by the Florida legislature, or any other legislature that has passed such legislation.”
Crowley then pressed McCain further, clarifying if he specifically meant Arizona’s self-defense law.
“Do you think that the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Arizona is worth looking at again?” she asked.
“I think — I think that — yes, I do,” he said. “And I’m confident that the members of the Arizona legislature will, because it is a very controversial legislation.”
McCain then said he disagreed with fellow Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has said that the Obama administration is trying to enact gun control by pushing for the repeal of “Stand Your Ground” laws. Public figures from Attorney General Eric Holder to singer Stevie Wonder have recently lashed out against the self-defense legislation on the books in many states, leading some in the conservative movement to the conclusion that the Obama administration is once again after Americans’ guns.
“I don’t draw that conclusion,” McCain said on Sunday. “I just don’t draw that conclusion.”
The Arizona Senator then pressed for Americans to come together and discuss the issues of racial tensions and “Stand Your Ground” laws, adding that he failed to see the connection between gun control and the discussion of “Stand Your Ground” legislation.