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Tell Governors to Repeal “Stand Your Ground” laws

More than 20 states have enacted “Stand Your Ground” laws that threaten the safety of our communities and neighbors by increasing the likelihood of violence. These laws encourage gun owners to use deadly force when they feel threatened, rather than seek other alternatives.

In a culture where racism still runs deep and states have enacted concealed carry laws, the results can be deadly. During the recent trial of George Zimmerman, who stood accused of murder in the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, the jury was instructed to consider the implications of Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law. At least one juror has said the law was decisive in determining that George Zimmerman was “not guilty.”

Following Jesus’ call to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), we must stand OUR ground against laws that legitimize violence and enable the taking of lives without fear of consequence.

While nothing can undo the tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s killing, we can prevent future injustices by working to repeal “Stand Your Ground” laws. Join us in calling on governors across the country to work for the repeal of these laws immediately.

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During the recent trial of George Zimmerman, who stood accused of murder in the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, the jury was instructed to consider the implications of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. At least one juror has said the law was decisive in determining that George Zimmerman was "not guilty."

These laws increase the likelihood of violence, putting our neighbors and communities in danger. Following Jesus' call to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), I urge you to repeal your state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

Signed,
[Your Name]
[City, State]