I'll be as quick as I can, as quick as it takes to kill somebody I guess. You want me to be that quick. ... 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, and they get off. So I take issue with that. I'm the only person here of color. I am a mother, too. And I have a son. And I care as much for my son as y'all care for y'all's. But my son doesn't walk the same path as yours does. So this debate deserves more time.
I'm in Pine Bluff. We have killings regularly down there. ... I don't know where Mr. Ballinger is from. But I can tell you for a long time since I've been back here in Arkansas, I have feared for my son's life. Now he's 27 and he's out of Arkansas, and I thank God he is when you're bringing up crap like this. It offends me. And then to limit the debate, too? This is crazy.
You don't have to worry about your children, Will [Sen. Will Bond]. I worry about my son. And I worry about other little black boys and girls.
And people coming in to my neighborhood and my city, saying they got open carry rights, walking in front of my doggone office in front of the courthouse. That's a bully. Do I have a right to stand my ground, with some crazy-ass person walking around with a doggone gun? I don't know what the hell he intends to do. But I know I am scared. I feel threatened. Just like some of y'all walking around here up in the legislature with these damn guns. That what's his name, Garner, came in here, walking around here with a damn gun under his coat. You could see the damn imprint.
I think that this bill — at least for me — and because of who I am and what I look like, I would feel threatened. By anybody coming around — especially you, Sen. Ballinger. You are threatening to me and to my family.Garner responded on social media:
Obviously you're from a part of the state where you don't see people of color so much. And some of the behaviors that I have, the expressions that I make, the way I express myself, probably would make you feel threatened. But it wasn't intended that way. People from different cultures — particularly black people — people that I grow up around and I live around, and live around me , they feel threatened by a person like you walking into their community. Just like that man down there, Zimmerman, in Florida, felt about Trayvon.
Senator Flower’s baseless claim against me is completely false. Her behavior today is unacceptable and beneath the standard we hold ourselves to in the Senate. #arpx #arleg #ARNews #ARSenate pic.twitter.com/TmtmHuaurQ— Trent Garner For Senate (@Garner4Senate) March 7, 2019
Glad Sen. Ballinger clipped this video. Hope he rewatches it everyday. Whether he likes it or not, his actions are hurting people. And sometimes he can’t rely on decorum to protect him from real human emotion. Proud of Sen. Flowers for speaking truth in a hostile world. #arpx https://t.co/LIP6diOwUD— Jacob Kauffman (@ArkansasJacob) March 7, 2019