Sign this petition on change.org 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.