Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton have started a new website, Change For Trayvon, that is dedicated to reviewing the Stand Your Ground laws.
The Mission Statement:
The purpose of Change for Trayvon is to give his family a voice in the political process. Your support will help engage the discussion across the country regarding stand-your-ground laws and the need to revise them so that there is required judicial or prosecutorial review before decisions are made.
We need your help to change the laws which keep parents like ourselves from finding peace. -Tracy Martin
30,000 mothers and fathers lost their children to gun violence.
The Change for Trayvon movement will shine the light on stand-your-ground laws across the nation. These laws allow individuals to shoot first and ask questions later.
For more information email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the website, 32 states now have SYG laws, including 6 states that passed SYG laws since Trayvon’s death, and proposed SYG laws are on the November ballot in 8 more states. If they pass, that will bring the total to 40 states.
I do not believe these laws are necessary. Instead of providing increased security for private individuals, I think they create a legal justification for permitting meaner instincts to kill without consequence. This is not a solution.
Before we take another step down this perilous road, we should study what this law has accomplished. When that is done, I do not believe the documented ends will justify the deadly means.