|Published:||Aug 20, 2013 6:34 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 20, 2013 6:45 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A national non-profit is using a brand new online PSA to take aim at the controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law. The minute-and-a-half long ad sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence attempts to reenact the night George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
The video features real 911 recordings made by George Zimmerman and neighbors to dispatchers the night of the tragedy.
"I think sometimes we tend to look at these events and we look at them from a distance. We don't imagine what it would have been like to have been up close to them," Ladd Everitt, Communications Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said.
A jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder in July. Although his attorneys did not use a 'stand Your Ground' defense, the trial put the spotlight on the law.
"When the jurors actually spoke out about the case after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, they cited the 'Stand Your Ground' law multiple times, and made it clear Florida law compelled them to reach the verdict they did," Everitt said.
Including Florida, 26 states currently have a 'Stand Your Ground' law on the books.
The coalition has launched an online petition on it's website. You can find it, and the entire PSA by clicking here.
Florida lawmakers voted against a special session to review 'Stand Your Ground,' but they will hold hearings this Fall to address the state's self-defense law.