Trayvon Martin’s Mother Joins Democratic Lawmakers In Fight To End “Stand Your Ground”
Fulton, Sen. Dwight Bullard, and Rep. Al Williams appeared at a press conference at the state capitol yesterday, calling for the law to be repealed.
Williams filed a bill to end “stand your ground” but is facing opposition from Republicans. Members of the GOP control the Legislature, and Williams’ proposal is not likely to garner enough support to be approved. However, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has put together a panel aimed at adjusting the law.
Martin’s accused killer, George Zimmerman, opened the discussion on “stand your ground,” after using it as a defense for the crime. The 29-year-old shot the unarmed teen last February, allegedly in an act of self-defense.
He faces second-degree murder charges and has been granted access to Martin’s school records which may be used in building his defense. Due to the high profile nature of the matter, Zimmerman has gone into hiding and wears a bullet proof vest in public as a safety precaution.
Over the last year Florida has been in the news for other cases that involved “stand your ground,” including that of a man who shot and killed a teen because he refused to turn his music down. Despite claiming to have “stood” his ground, the shooter—Michael Dunn— was arrested on first degree murder, and faces life in prison.