By Stephen C. Webster
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Matin, released a public service announcement on Friday timed for Mother’s Day this weekend, asking viewers to “call the governor of your state” and encourage them to reconsider “Stand Your Ground” laws like the one cited by the man who killed her son.
“As Mother’s Day approaches, my friend and Trayvon Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton, has created a powerful video,”
Simmons explained in an advisory.
“I urge you to watch it and to join folks all across America in sending a special Mother’s Day message to the people who most need to hear it. Together, we can end the pain that gun violence is bringing into too many mothers’ lives.”
“This will be my first Mother’s Day without my son, Trayvon,”
Fulton says in the video.
“I know it will be hard, but my faith, family and friends will pull me through. On Sunday, I’m going to say a prayer for other mothers across America who share this unbearable pain.
“Just like me, 30,000 mothers lost their children this year to senseless gun violence. Nobody can bring out children back, but it would bring us comfort if we can help spare other mothers the pain that we will feel on Mother’s Day, and every day for the rest of our lives.
“I’m asking you to join Florida by calling upon the governor of your state to reexamine similar ‘Stand Your Ground Laws’ throughout the nation to keep our families safe.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Mother’s Day.”
Her video was also carried by a campaign called Second Chance on Shoot First, which has a [drop down] scorecard that lets viewers check to see if their state has a “Stand Your Ground” law.
Similar laws were promoted in numerous states by a non-profit group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which connects lobbyists and lawmakers to help transplant conservative policies around the country.
The laws were passed in numerous states with help from the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the nation’s most powerful lobbying groups which mostly supports arch-conservative candidates.
Opponents of the laws have repeatedly argued that allowing people the right to use lethal force in public if they feel threatened would lead to racially motivated killings.
ALEC has since scrapped the whole unit that came up with the law after it became the focus of a popular grassroots campaign led by prominent Democrats, but laws in 24 states still affirm legal immunity for people who use lethal force in public.
Sybrina Fulton’s public service announcement for Mother’s Day (1 min).
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.