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To: State legislatures
Repeal Stand Your Ground laws across America
Time and time again, "Stand Your Ground" laws have led to unnecessary gun violence under the guise of self defense. Repeal this needless and dangerous law immediately.
Why is this important?
"Stand Your Ground" laws -- which allow individuals to use deadly force without trying to avoid a dangerous situation peacefully -- promote gun violence. Too often they foster an “attack” response, or even worse, vigilante justice.
And because concealed carry laws and easy access to guns make lethal weapons immediately available to almost anyone – including the untrained and irresponsible - that attack response can too often be deadly.
A recent Texas A&M study analyzed 20 states with Stand Your Ground laws and found that the laws do not deter violent crime. In fact, there is a clear increase in homicides in those states, resulting in hundreds of additional shooting deaths nationwide each year.
Stand Your Ground laws also disproportionately affect communities of color. According to an Urban Institute study, when white shooters kill black victims, 34 percent of the resulting homicides are deemed justifiable, while only 3 percent of deaths are ruled justifiable when the shooter is black and the victim is white.
Lucy McBath is the mother of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old who was shot and killed in Florida last year by a man who will likely use "Stand Your Ground" as his defense in early February. Lucy's words are a chilling reminder of the deadly consequences of "Stand Your Ground" laws:
“Kill first, explain later is not justice – I know this first-hand. Children and adults who may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time are now more likely to die at the hands of the armed and angry. This is unacceptable. Shooting to kill then asking questions later is not acceptable in any community, ever.”
I hope you'll help us protect our children and loved ones by signing my petition.
Thank you, Lucia McBath and Shannon Watts Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Lucia McBath is a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Shannon Watts is the founder.