I certainly am shocked and disappointed by the decision made in the Zimmerman verdict, and I would have hated to have been a juror in that case. Within the confines of the law, the jury may not have had much of a choice in their decision.
Rather than fighting over the stupidity of the jury decision and the racial implications, we need to bind together and attack the root of the issue.
"Stand Your Ground" laws suck!
Gun violence sucks!
Children and teens are shot and killed every 3 hours and 15 minutes in our country! Shocking!
Not only should the verdict shock you, but the laws that allow a man to shoot and kill a teenager, and get away with it, should shock you more!
The gun violence crisis in our country should shock you!
Moms Demand Action, a group started by mothers who are trying their darndest to get common sense gun laws in place (not to restrict law abiding gun owners, but to reduce the amount of gun crimes and gun violence) released an article entitled "Today, We Are All Trayvon Martin's Mother." I found this statement to be incredibly interesting.
A recent Texas A&M study analyzed 20 states with Stand Your Ground laws, including Florida, and found that the laws do not deter violent crime. In fact, there is a clear increase in homicides in those states, resulting in up to 700 more shooting deaths nationwide each year. Stand Your Ground laws also disproportionately affect communities of color. According to an Urban Institute study, when white shooters kill black victims, 34 percent of the resulting homicides are deemed justifiable, while only 3 percent of deaths are ruled justifiable when the shooter is black and the victim is white.
We need better gun laws!
There are 80 million mothers in our country. Together we could make a difference and do a better job protecting our children.
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