|CSGV RELEASES PSA CALLING ON AMERICANS TO “STAND UP TO ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’” LAWS
|Washington, D.C.—In an effort to educate the public about the danger of self-defense laws written by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is releasing a new PSA today entitled “Stand Up to ‘Stand Your Ground.’”The video features a chilling reenactment of the night Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Florida. The viewer follows George Zimmerman in his pursuit of Martin to the backdrop of real audio of emergency calls made that evening. The final seconds of the PSA call on viewers to take action to make sure similar tragedies cease to befall our nation.
The PSA comes one month after President Obama addressed the nation with a deeply moving and personal statement about the acquittal of George Zimmerman. In this speech he called on Americans to reassess the “Stand Your Ground” laws that have now been enacted in 26 states. Since that time, determined activists in states across the country—including the Dream Defenders in Florida, the first “Stand Your Ground” state—have heeded his call.
We hope our “Stand Your Ground” PSA will mobilize new activism on the issue and bring us to a point where our laws are acting to protect victims, as opposed to creating new ones.
To that end, CSGV has launched the webpage www.csgv.org/standup in conjunction with the PSA. The webpage features a petition about “Stand Your Ground” laws through which Americans can call on their state legislators to “oppose this immoral legislation.”
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.