George Zimmerman's acquittal demonstrates the need to rollback stand-your-ground and conceal carry laws.

George Zimmerman’s acquittal demonstrates the need to rollback stand-your-ground and conceal carry laws.

New Yorkers Against Violence issued a statement today calling for the rollback of stand-your-ground laws and limits on concealed carry laws–gun laws that contributed to the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV’s Executive Director said, “The Trayvon Martin case is not an isolated one. We must work to tighten conceal carry laws and to roll back ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. If George Zimmerman had not brought a concealed handgun into the confrontation with Trayvon Martin, a confrontation George Zimmerman provoked, the teenager would still be alive. Guns in volatile social situations only lead to more death and tragedy.”

The February 2012 shooting by George Zimmerman of the unarmed teenager was a direct result of the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law that legalizes vigilante homicide and enables and encourages America’s culture of violence. Twenty-five states, including Florida, have “Stand Your Ground” or “Shoot First” laws with provisions that generally allow the use of deadly force in self-defense with no duty to retreat when outside the home.

Read NYAGV’s entire statement here.

Trayvon Martin's death goes unpunished due to Florida's aggressive anti-gun-safety laws.

Trayvon Martin’s death goes unpunished due to Florida’s aggressive anti-gun-safety laws.