Last week, the mother of Trayvon Martin called on Florida legislators to support a bill that would repeal Florida's extremely controversial Stand Your Ground law.
Speaking to reporters outside the Senate chambers in Tallahassee, Sabrina Fulton said, "We need to do something seriously about this law," referring to the 2005 Florida self-defense statute that allows people who fear for their lives to use lethal force to protect themselves. The law has become the focal point of the case against George Zimmerman, who was involved in an argument with unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon that resulted in Martin's shooting death last February.
Reuters reported that her voice broke as she fought back tears.
"As a parent I wouldn't want you to stand in my shoes because it is hard. It is difficult," she said.
That bill (yet to be filed) is being sponsored in the Senate by Miami Democrat Dwight Bullard and Tallahassee Representative Alan Williams, and is considered a long-shot in the NRA-friendly confines of the state capitol, where Stand Your Ground first originated before spreading across the nation.
Williams wants the "no duty to retreat" and "use of deadly force" language removed from the current law. "Although it may work 75-percent of the time, that 25-percent of the time, those cases, we have to fix the laws for those individuals. Because guess what, at the end of the day, one life lost is too many," Williams was quoted as saying by WTXL-Television in Tallahassee.