Sign this petition to repeal Florida’s “shoot first” law that shields Trayvon Martin’s killer

Sign this petition on and help end the “Stand Your Ground” law, which essentially allows people to kill someone if they are feeling threatened, without fear of prosecution.

This law is being used to shield Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, from prosecution. Zimmerman said he felt threatened by Trayvon, who was carrying skittles, iced tea and a cellphone. So he decided to shoot and kill this 17 year old. And now he is using the “Stand Your Ground” law as his defense, and it is working.

If justice is evaded because of this law, the court system will essentially be saying: killing someone as a defense trumps common sense.

From a young age, we learn that shooting and killing another is bad. We are told that it is a sin and, in some states, is punishable by death. In other words, from a young age we learn not to just go out and kill someone.

And we are told to accept people of other races and creed as equals. And we learn that people are different, but that does not make them any lesser of a human.

This is what we learn from a young age. It is something that I have known since I can remember (and I hope you were taught, too). But this message will essentially be thrown out the window if Zimmerman is allowed to get away with murder.

Being able to “shoot first and think later” is not the message America wants to instill in its people- but it is the message it will be sending if Zimmerman goes free.

PLEASE sign this petition. A law like this cannot continue. If it does, the cost will be people’s lives.


Related articles: Los Angeles Times, Kansas City StarThe New American and Huffington Post

About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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3 Responses to Sign this petition to repeal Florida’s “shoot first” law that shields Trayvon Martin’s killer

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  2. kathy L says:

    This is also a wake up call, for African Americans to teach their children to beware of going to neighborhoods that’s mostly non-black. racism is still alive even though it is 2012. Mr.Zimmerman followed Trayvon in his vehicle,then got out and followed him on foot. This is called stalking or chasing after. he confronted the child as if he was a police officer. I would wonder who’s following me too, especially someone other than a police officer. I believe he should be arrested it should’nt matter who threw the first punch, Mr. Zimmermon provoked the child. Mr. Zimmerman broke neighborhood watch rules, ignored the 911 dispatcher to stop following Trayvon. We must demand justice, because if we don’t non-black racist people will think it’s ok to repeat this.


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