State Senator Stands Her Ground In Viral Speech Blasting NRA-Backed Law

Arkansas state Senator Stephanie Flowers gave a fiery, impassioned speech when some of her fellow legislators tried to limit debate on a proposed “stand-your-ground” law for the state. As the only person of color, she argued that her son faced different challenges (like not getting shot) than the kids of the other lawmakers present.

Arkansas has been trying (and failing) to pass a “stand-your-ground” law for ten years, The Grio reports.  “Stand-your-ground” laws give civilians the right to use their firearms in situations where they feel threatened, and as we sadly know, some white people tend to feel awfully threatened by non-white people. A study found that states with “stand-your-ground” laws have more gun deaths overall (not hard to see why) and that white people who kill black people in those states are 250 percent more likely to go free.

In a clip from Now This, Senator Flowers, a Democrat, went off on the other senators present, all white, who don’t have to worry about the safety of their kids in the same way. As she explained, her son “doesn’t walk the same path” as their children.

Flowers said, “It doesn’t take much to look on the local news every night, and see how many black kids, black boys, black men, are being killed with these stand-your-ground defenses that these people raise, then they get off.So I take issue with that. I’m the only person here of color, okay? I am a mother, too. And I have a son. And I care as much for my son as y’all care for y’alls. But my son doesn’t walk the same path as yours does. So this debate deserves more time!”

At one point, Arkansas Sen. Alan Clark (who, surprise, is Republican) told Flowers that she needed to stop. “No, I don’t,” Flowers yelled back.

“Yes, you do,” Clark said, to which Flowers responded, “No the hell I don’t. What are you going to do, shoot me?” Clark tried to interject, but Flowers cut him off, saying “Go to hell! I’m telling you, this deserves more attention.”

The proposed bill ended up failing, being rejected 4-3 by the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee.

People were deeply moved by Flowers’ passionate speech, and as the video went viral on Twitter, the responses poured in.

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This was not even scripted. Taken straight from her heart. Some people are just right. She is just right. Everything. She punched shame into those who still can feel it.

— IseeU (@j_carsonlittle) March 8, 2019

You can watch the whole clip below.

This woman is the definition of fierce.

h/t: The Grio, @proudresister


Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.