Repeal Florida's deadly "Shoot First" law
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Repeal Florida's deadly "Shoot First" law

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The recently released 911 tapes that captured 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's final moments of life are absolutely chilling. In the background, you can hear as the teenager screamed for help before being brutally shot by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed leader of the neighborhood watch.

Zimmerman took it upon himself to determine that Trayvon Martin, a young African American, was "suspicious." He then disregarded the instructions of a 911 dispatcher and initiated a confrontation with Trayvon Martin that left the unarmed youth dead.

Shockingly, despite a checkered past and witness accounts that dispute Zimmerman's version of events, he has yet to be arrested or charged because he claimed that he shot this unarmed child in self-defense. Zimmerman remains free, weeks after Trayvon Martin's killing, because of Florida's controversial "Shoot First" law.

It is time to Repeal Florida's "Shoot First" law.

Florida's "Shoot First" law, combined with the state's permissive concealed weapons laws, gives armed vigilantes like George Zimmerman virtual carte blanche to shoot anyone they deem as a threat, with no legal requirement to first attempt to remove themselves from a dangerous situation.

Despite opposition by Florida's law enforcement community, the Florida legislature passed this legislation with the help of the NRA in 2005. Since then, claims of justifiable homicide in Florida have tripled, and individuals ranging from gang members to irritated neighbors have been allowed to get away with murder.

It is time to Repeal Florida's "Shoot First" law.

Trayvon Martin's senseless murder is just the latest example of the horrific consequences of this legislation that even allows people with criminal pasts carrying concealed weapons to "Shoot First" and ask questions later.

Nothing anyone can do can bring back Trayvon Martin and fill the sorrowful void George Zimmerman created in the lives of all of Trayvon's loved ones.

But it is entirely within the power of the Florida State Senate and House of Representatives to prevent future tragedies.

It is time to Repeal Florida's "Shoot First" law.

To:
Florida State Senators and Representatives
The senseless killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is the latest example of the dangerous consequences of Florida's "Shoot First" law, otherwise known as the "Stand Your Ground" law. I urge you to support efforts in the Florida Legislature to repeal this law which is vigorously opposed by law enforcement.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Leah Barzilay TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I believe that there is a difference between legally protecting yourself and taking advantage of that right to use it from injustice. Some people should'nt be aloud to carry firearms. Especially people who have a criminal background.

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    • Joseph Myatt EVANSVILLE, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      I was arrested for disorderly contact when I was 16 for defending myself. But that doesn't give me the right to shoot the prick.

      Hand guns are wrong. They are only made to kill PEOPLE. Swords weren't invented for hunting they were made to kill humans, they were the handguns of the middle ages.

      If you need a gun for protection, you might want to rethink the way you live your life, and the perception of yourself to others.

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    • andrew reese CARY, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      For Trayvon...

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    • Rachel Blair SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      We need to limit the political influence of the NRA. This goes too far from simple "right to bare arms". We live in a civil society, I hope.

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    • Scott Graham AUSTIN, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Defending yourself on your property is one thing, but when you murder someone in a public area on the basis that they "looked suspicious" that is at least second-degree murder.

      Mr. Zimmerman had no cause to stalk, antagonize, and murder Mr. Martin. He initiated the altercation and escalated it, common sense dictates that he needs to pay the price for his actions. This barbaric and absurd law needs to be repealed so that this type of behavior is not encouraged. We have police academies for a reason, vigilante justice is guaranteed to end in impulsive and rash actions due to lack of training.

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