A Mother’s Day Message From Sybrina Fulton: ‘Reexamine Stand Your Ground Laws’
The mother of Trayvon Martin released an emotional video May 11 on behalf of an anti-violence organization called “Second Chance on Shoot First.” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Martin, took to the Internet to call on people to urge their lawmakers to “re-examine” Stand Your Ground Laws.
These laws, which have proliferated across the country, say that a person who feels threatened can use force in self-defense. The law was the reason why George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed the unarmed Martin, was not arrested for a month and a half after the shooting.
“I'm asking you to join Florida by calling upon the governor of your state to re-examine similar stand your ground laws throughout the nation to keep our families safe,” says Fulton in the appeal. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Mother's Day.”
The killing of Martin has sparked widespread scrutiny of Stand Your Ground Laws and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC, a corporate-backed group that writes “model bills” for state legislatures across the country, pushed Stand Your Ground Laws in a number of states. Over a dozen corporate backers have left ALEC since the furor over the Martin killing.
Watch Sybrina Fulton’s whole video here: