This week, Trayvon Martin's parents joined the Second Chance on Shoot First Coalition to deliver 370,000 petition signatures to a meeting of Florida's Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws yesterday. The petition delivery and press conference featured powerful testimonies calling for an end to "shoot first" laws nationwide.
More than 32,000 of the signatures came from ColorOfChange members who signed a petition demanding that the law that was used to justify George Zimmerman's actions come off the books in Florida and across the nation.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, made a passionate plea to review 'Shoot First' laws in Florida saying:
"There is something seriously wrong when there is a minor child who was unarmed and he's dead right now and there is a law that the person is using to try to defend himself against killing a kid," Fulton told the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection. "Please, I beg you, review the law again."
This event was made possible through the leadership of the Second Chance on Shoot First Coalition members and allies on the ground in Florida. ColorOfChange will continue to call on our elected officials to oppose 'Shoot First' laws where they are under consideration and repeal them where they are already in place.