Trayvon Martin has been used as the rallying cry for those who oppose Florida’s stand your ground law. But at the same time, those who oppose gun control are rallying behind George Zimmerman and treating him as a celebrity.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, in an interview given last month George Zimmerman said he doesn’t regret killing Trayvon Martin. Lawyer Benjamin Crump has also been speaking against Stand Your Ground even though the law did not determine the outcome of the Zimmerman trial.
Jordan Davis is the name of the teenager killed by Michael Dunn after they argued over loud rap music, and the man was eventually found guilty of second-degree murder. Even though the defense in the Dunn trial did not invoke stand your ground, the mother of the dead teen joined Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, to work together toward ending Florida’s stand your ground law:
“These two moms are going to make positive change to make sure that ‘stand your ground’ doesn’t continue to happen.”
The Stand Your Ground law was recently extended warning shot bill, which is intended to address the situation of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot in the direction of her abusive husband. The family of Alexander also joined the protest, although reports are not clear if this includes the family of Marissa or of the husband, although the latter makes more sense. Regardless, all of them claim the controversial law gives killers the excuse to “shoot and kill someone and then ask questions later.”
George Zimmerman was the celebrity guest of honor at the recent New Orlando Gun Show. The killer of Trayvon Martin even had a booth where he could sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans. One of these fans named Melissa related her experience:
“He seemed nervous and actually a little scared to be there. He also appeared emotional, like he was really thankful and touched that people would come out to see him. It was pretty weird to meet him in person – and wow, he has gained a lot of weight!”
What do you think about how the family of Trayvon Martin is using his legacy to oppose Florida’s stand your ground law? What do you think about opponents of gun control laws using George Zimmerman as a guest celebrity?