The Reverend Al Sharpton has announced that he will be attending a rally this Thursday for an unarmed black Florida teenager shot by a white neighborhood watch volunteer, who has yet to be charged with a crime.
The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford (which is near Orlando) has made lots of national news in recent days, all predicated in part on the fact that Florida's lunatic Stand Your Ground Law has enabled the man who shot and killed Trayvon, George Zimmerman, to continue to walk the streets as a free man after the 28-year-old confessed to shooting the teen in self-defense.
Monday morning, Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, told Today Show host Matt Lauer that she believes her son was killed because of the color of his skin.
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Florida broke new ground in the field of gun rights when the Legislature passed and Governor Jeb Bush signed the "Stand Your Ground" law in 2005. The law allows the use of deadly force by anyone who perceives a threat without first trying to retreat from a confrontation.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that since then, 16 more states have adopted similar laws.