The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence's new public service announcement against the Stand Your Ground laws uses the tragic situation most associated with the controversial statutes to gather support for repeal of the laws. The 90-second clip features a reenactment of the night Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman and uses actual 911 audio from the incident.
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The ad was produced by Floyd Russ and paid for by crowdfunded donations.
The CSGV issued a statement on its website about Stand Your Ground Laws that read in part:
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.).
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Watch the "Stand Up To 'Stand Your Ground'" PSA below.