Trayvon Martin’s mother demanded that the Senate make changes to “Stand Your Ground” laws on Tuesday. At a Senate hearing on the controversial law, Sybrina Fulton stressed the importance of the legislation being clear as possible.
At least 22 states have some form of a Stand Your Ground law.
“By being unclear in when and how it is applied, stand your ground in its current form is far to open to abuse,” Sybrina Fulton will say, according to prepared testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Associated Press reported…Fulton is arguing at the 10 a.m. hearing that the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting of her 17-year-old son and the acquittal of George Zimmerman over the summer shows that the laws are confusing. Also testifying at the hearing are Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a strong supporter of stand your ground laws, and Lucia Holman McBath, the mother of Jordan Russell Davis.
“Trayvon and Jordan didn’t ask to be martyrs. The American legal system made them martyrs,” Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, said at the hearing. “Stand-your-ground laws eliminate all responsibility to retreat and peacefully end an incident.”
The Stand Your Ground defense can be claimed if a person feels that they are being confronted with deadly force or imminent danger. It gives them the right to defend themselves, even if the end result is fatal.
While George Zimmerman did not claim the stand your ground defense during his trial, the case is credited with bringing the controversial law to the forefront of the American judicial system.
Sybrina is not giving up!
Kudos to this strong mother for continuing to enforce change.
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