1.17.2013

Trayvon Martin's Mother Demands Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' law: “How many times are we going to bury our loved ones and not do something about it?”


TALLAHASSEE (Source: Miami Herald) -- Flanked by lawmakers, the mother of Trayvon Martin fought back tears Tuesday as she called for the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, which she believes has been used as a shield by the man who shot her son.

“How many times are we going to bury our loved ones and not do something about it?” asked Sybrina Fulton at a press conference in Tallahassee. “We need to get rid of the law.”

A handful of Democratic lawmakers have filed bills to repeal or scale back the self-defense statute that allows people who fear for their lives to use deadly force. While Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that reviewing gun laws was "the right thing to do," the proposals face an uphill battle in the Republican-led and gun-friendly Legislature. Fulton’s plea from the halls of Florida’s Capitol occurred at the same time that in Washington President Obama was pitching sweeping new restrictions on guns, including universal background checks for gun buyers, a new ban on assault weapons and a 10-round cap on ammunition magazines. [Read more here]

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