Robyn Ringler, head of the Albany Chapter of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, was interviewed on YNN TV’s Capital Region about George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Ringler focused on the danger of Florida’s “shoot-first” or “stand-your-ground” law, which allows the use of deadly force in self-defense with no duty to retreat.

"Shoot-first" laws allow those armed to provoke, rather than retreat, leading to tragedies such as the Trayvon Martin killing.

“Shoot-first” laws allow those armed to provoke, rather than retreat, leading to tragedies such as the Trayvon Martin killing.

Ringler commented, ” There are 26 states that have enacted this law, and I believe it’s what gave George Zimmerman the confidence to get into this situation with Trayvon–to stalk him, to provoke him, rather than retreating.” She added, ” The stand-your-ground laws do not require any retreat, so, I think it’s really important to roll those laws back.”

New York State does not have a stand-your-ground law, although one was proposed a few years ago.  At New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Ringler said, “we watch the laws coming through and we not only fight for sensible gun legislation, but against the laws that will make it easier to promote violence in society.”

Watch the full interview with NYAGV’s Robyn Ringler here.