Trayvon Martin’s Death Encourages “Stand Your Ground” Protest

By: Rachel Kolman - March 15, 2014

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is facing more protests and backlash than ever as the two year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death passes. Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, recently spoke with CBS about her views on this controversial law.

“We don’t have to have a law in place that says, ‘I need to shoot and kill someone and then ask questions later’… [we’re] going to make positive change to make sure that ‘stand your ground’ doesn’t continue to happen,” she says in the interview. The “Stand Your Ground” law allows citizens the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any other requirement. Trayvon was unarmed when shot by George Zimmerman in February 2012.

Despite the protest, Florida lawmakers are ready to expand on the law, not repeal it. Two bills are currently in consideration that would let citizens who are in fear of their life to fire a “warning shot” first. Bill sponsors, however, don’t see it as an extension of the law, but instead as a “clarification.” CBS claims that it’s likely that Rick Scott, Florida’s governor, will sign the bill into law.

Lucia McBath, another Florida mother who lost a son to a gunmen claiming self defense, says inclusion of warning shots in the law is “heinous.” “More lives are at risk, more people will shoot their guns and claim, ‘Well, it was just a warning shot’,” she says.

Trayvon’s mother Sybrina has also been active nationwide against gun violence, recently speaking out about profiling against children. “If it happened to Trayvon, it can happen to other kids as well. We have work to do we have to stay busy, vigilant on trying to solve this issue,” she spoke at a Milwaulke Technical College in a keynote address.

What do you think of Florida’s law? Do you agree with “Stand Your Ground?” Respond and let us know!

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Rachel KolmanRachel is a contract writer for WebProNews. She also likes to write fiction, essays, and satire. She loves stand up comedy and the Legend of Zelda. She doesn't know if she needs either beer or coffee more to survive. You can watch her try to cope with adulthood on Twitter: @bestthingaround

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  • Agent__86

    Zimmerman did not use Florida’s SYG law in his defense. He couldn’t. SYG deals with the legal requirement to retreat before defending oneself with lethal force. Zimmerman could not retreat. He was laying face up with his back on the ground and his head and shoulders on a concrete sidewalk when it became necessary to defend himself with lethal force. It is impossible to retreat through solid ground and concrete. Even the stupidest Trayvon clinger can understand this. ROFL!

    • Robert Riversong

      You’re absolutely correct about SYG having no role in Zimmerman’s incident or defense, but I will give you a “thumbs down” as long as you use that insulting avatar, disrespect Trayvon supporters and roll on the floor laughing like an idiot child.

  • Jaime Andres Pretell

    The law has been succesfully used 1/3rd of the time by Black Floridians, which is twice as much as their percentage of the population.

  • Robert Riversong

    Stand Your Ground law played absolutely no part in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and it’s way past time to stop propagating this deception.

    The ONLY element that SYG adds to conventional self-defense is “no duty to retreat” when in a public place. Zimmerman was sucker-punched and then pinned to the ground and had no option of retreat, leaving him only one recourse to a prolonged and brutal assault by Trayvon Martin.

    If we really want to commemorate the Trayvon tragedy, it would be by promoting better parenting and better role models for black youths – as Obama correctly noted in his July 2013 statement: the need to focus on reducing “a lot of negative reinforcement” that black youths are subject to.