The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has become the latest American anti-gun group to exploit the tragic death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in order to undermine Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.
The organization has released a deceptive online advertisement complete with a “reenactment” of the night Martin was killed, in an effort to abolish Stand Your Ground laws throughout the Nation.
An accompanying petition on the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence website reads:
The traditional presumption in the law—from the advent of the Hebrew Bible through the creation of Roman law, English common law, and American law—has been that if you could spare human life, it was incumbent upon you to do so.
With “Stand Your Ground” (aka “Shoot First”) laws, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its partners in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have turned 3,000 years of jurisprudence on its head. Now you can provoke a fight, and if losing that fight, kill the person you attacked.
The NRA’s laws represent a dangerous and unprecedented escalation in the use of force in the public space, allowing individuals to kill when they merely fear “great bodily harm” (i.e., a fistfight, shoving match, etc.). The concept of responding with proportional force has been obliterated. Additionally, “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.
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of any wrongdoing in Martin’s death by a jury of his peers last month.