Keep "Stand Your Ground" Out of Ohio, Kill Ohio House Bill 203
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Keep "Stand Your Ground" Out of Ohio, Kill Ohio House Bill 203

    1. Petition by

      Ohio House Democrats

Please join State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus in opposing House Bill 203, the so-called "Stand Your Ground" law for Ohio. Ohio already has reasonable self-defense laws, there is no need to side with extremists in enacting a dangerous "Stand Your Ground" law in our state. It is obvious that this misguided and unsafe law encourages recklessness with firearms.

We have an American Justice System. We shouldn't be taking the law in to our own hands by playing the part of judge, juror and executioner. We need to prevent innocent lives from being lost. The tragedy of Trayvon Martin in Florida should have never happened. If we don't speak out in Ohio, we risk allowing the same atrocities that played out in Sanford to happen in our Ohio communities.

Please join us in making your voices heard to Republican elected officials in the Ohio House, Senate and the Governor’s Office. We need commonsense laws, not more senseless violence.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. "Justifiable" homicides in FLA rose 400 percent since "stand your ground"

      Tread cautiously, carefully on Stand Your Ground in Ohio

      The protracted hype over the Trayvon Martin killing in Sanford, Fla., last year has made the Sunshine State's Stand Your Ground statute on self-defense a trendy cause celebre among segments of the American gun-rights and conservative political communities.

    3. Opposition to "Stand Your Ground" from Ohio lawmakers mounts

      Black Ohio lawmakers oppose stand-your-ground bill

      By ANN SANNER The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group of black lawmakers in Ohio has started circulating petitions to help keep a stand-your-ground proposal from being passed in the state. The bill would allow people to use force to defend themselves without having a duty to retreat first.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. More evidence that Stand Your Ground is Dangerous and doesn't belong in OH

      Juror: Zimmerman got away with murder

      ORLANDO, Fla. - The second juror to speak publicly told ABC News in an interview made available yesterday that she feels George Zimmerman got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, but that there wasn't enough evidence at trial to convict him under Florida law.

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Ohio State Rep. Reece to Join National “Justice for Trayvon” March

      State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will participate in the “Justice for Trayvon” prayer and protest tomorrow, Saturday, July 20th at 12:00 noon in front of the Cincinnati Federal Courthouse. The event is being organized by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in response to the recent verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

      State Rep. Alicia Reece has worked closely with Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to advocate for social justice on a variety of issues. The Cincinnati lawmaker is starting a petition and action plan to counter Republican efforts in the Ohio House to bring a “Stand Your Ground” law to Ohio.

      WHAT: “Justice for Trayvon” Prayer and Protest

      WHO: Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Action Network

      WHEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, July 20th at 12:00 noon..

      WHERE: Federal Courthous, 100 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, Ohio


    Reasons for signing

    • Katherine Kramer COLUMBUS, OH
      • 4 months ago

      Stand Your Ground law will only lead to more violence, not less.

    • latraiel alexander YOUNGSTOWN, OH
      • 6 months ago

      If we stand our ground who will stand for those who go down, When you've done all you can do "Just Stand" God will do the rest

    • William J. Blake AKRON, OH
      • 6 months ago

      It is not a free economic system until all people are allowed to work and live above the poverty line.

    • Mark Williams YOUNGSTOWN, OH
      • 6 months ago

      This is important to me because we have plenty of laws on the books that allow people to defend themselves...this allows too much power to the average person who might have a small amount of firearms training and little knowledge of what constitutes a "life and death" situation. What happened to Trayvon Martin was a heinous upheaval of the law that should not be repeated, especially in Ohio.

    • jamie bledsoe YOUNGSTOWN, OH
      • 6 months ago

      This important to me because I don't want to see innocent people die.


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