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It’s been a over a month since George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, but the fight for justice and law reform has not stopped.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence released a 90-second PSA today, titled “Stand Up To ‘Stand Your Ground'” with a dramatic reenactment of the rainy night the 17-year-old lost his life. The group used actually 911 calls from the case and actors to play Zimmerman and Martin.
“‘Stand Your Ground’ laws remove the duty to retreat from a conflict in public, allowing individuals to shoot and kill even when they could otherwise walk away safely from an altercation,” reads a statement on to the CSGV’s website. “Now you can provoke a fight, and if losing that fight, kill the person you attacked.”
The PSA video ends with a special message: Our laws should protect victims. Not create more.