Powerful PSA Against Stand Your Ground Laws Re-Enacts Trayvon Martin Murder

By: Sarah Parrott - August 20, 2013

The Trayvon Martin murder case and ensuing George Zimmerman trail rocked the United States to its core in a variety of ways; while many activists and social justice enthusiasts staked their claims on Zimmerman’s guilt and raged against the jury’s decision to acquit him of all charges, many others painted Trayvon as a hoodlum and Zimmerman as a victim. Amid the cultural repercussions and discussions, ranging from the topics of racism, classism, and general bigotry to the idea of a “post-racial” America, one of the big clashes between groups came from the “stand your ground” laws that eventually won Zimmerman his “innocence.”

The argument against “stand your ground” laws is gaining some new momentum; The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released a video that re-enacts the murder of Trayvon Martin, using 911 tapes used in the George Zimmerman trial and actors to portray the events as they unfold. The video can be found below; before watching, however, please note that, while not gory or particularly blatant when dealing with the violence, the ad may be disturbing to some viewers, particularly those sensitive to the case or subject. Be cautious when viewing.

The video is striking and powerful, to say the very least, and sends an equally powerful message; to “stand up” to “stand your ground” laws in the twenty six states in which they exist. The Coalition’s website goes on to say that, “With “Stand Your Ground” (aka “Shoot First”) laws… you can provoke a fight, and if losing that fight, kill the person you attacked… Additionally, “Stand Your Ground” laws remove the duty to retreat from a conflict in public, allowing individuals to shoot and kill even when they could otherwise walk away safely from an altercation.” The website includes information so that individuals can sign a petition to get rid of these kinds of laws.

The writer of this article hopes that the PSA might inspire change nation-wide to reform, and possibly repeal, these laws that result in more victims, as the PSA so powerfully puts it.

Sarah Parrott

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  • Hmmm….

    Neighborhood watch people are creepy and can not mind there own business. They actually create incidents all the time. However, Martin was not some innocent kid either.

    My gut instinct is that both of them are at fault. I have seen many violent incidents and rarely is there a completely innocent victim. It simply takes two to tango.

    Most truly innocent victims occur in gang violence. I have seen gangs (mainly black gangs) just attack people for no reason whatsoever. I have rarely seen mexican or white gangs do this. At the end of the day though, all gangs are pretty much bad forget terrorists, the gangs present the most real danger to the average american.

  • Will

    There are four major things I would like to point out in this article.
    I agree this is a tragedy. I can empathize with an untimely death. But I respectfully disagree on many grounds and would urge caution on videos like this that takes things out of context and puts the focus on the emotional element rather than focus on evidence, logic, and to each of our own moral senses of justice.
    1) ““stand your ground” laws that eventually won Zimmerman his “innocence.”” Stand your ground was not a factor in the trial and was not brought up by the defense or the prosecution during the trial.
    “….portray the events as they unfold. “: the video shows Zimmerman pulling his gun while walking toward Martin; the evidence shows that Zimmerman drew his gun after he was on the ground and only after Martin discovered it and said “you are going to die tonight.”
    “…you can provoke a fight…”: there is no evidence that Zimmerman provoked a fight with Martin, in fact Martin’s girlfriend said on the Pierce Morgan show that Travon told her that he was going to go bust Zimmerman’s head.
    “….remove the duty to retreat from a conflict …”: A victim typically does not start the physical conflict. It becomes a very slippery slope to insist that any victim of any crime has a duty to retreat. If put in place, this very concept would put to question the concept of a victim because any victim who does not retreat now implicitly becomes an aggressor or the violator of the law.

    Other circumstancial background info of the the character of both people:
    1) Zimmerman’s friends and various extended family are black.
    2) There are strong evidence from texts stored in twitter and text messages from Martin that the contents on Martin on the night of Martin’s death are tied to hallucinogenic drug abuse.
    3) There are many instances of Zimmerman coming to the aid of others.
    4) There are police evidence and video surveillance that strongly indicated Martin should have been arrested for burglary, but somehow avoided prior arrests.
    5) Zimmerman, after the announcement of his release again helped and aided others in a case of a traffic accident.

    I still strongly encourage people and the media to review the “content of their character” of both people involved and reserve judgement purely based upon the “color of their skin”.