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Trayvon Martin's mom calls for gun law review

13 may 2012, 17:34
Sybrina Fulton. Photo courtesy of tageblatt.lu
Sybrina Fulton. Photo courtesy of tageblatt.lu
The mother of an unarmed black Florida teen whose killing by a neighborhood watch volunteer set off a storm of protests, released a Mother's Day video Friday calling for a review of lax US gun laws, AFP reports.

"Just like me, 30,000 mothers lost their children this year to senseless gun violence," Sybrina Fulton said in the minute-long video posted on YouTube and on the JusticeTM.org website her family set up after Trayvon Martin's death.

"Nobody can bring our children back, but it would bring us comfort if we can help spare other mothers the pain we will feel on Mother's Day and every day for the rest of our lives."

Martin, 17, was shot to death February 26 in Sanford, Florida, by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claims he shot the unarmed youth in self-defense.

Fulton called on supporters to lobby against "Stand Your Ground" laws in several US states that allow civilians with weapons to fire if they feel threatened with death or with serious injury.

Local police did not arrest or bring charges against Zimmerman for weeks because of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, until public outrage led to an investigation by a special state prosecutor. He was arrested April 11 and charged with second degree murder.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the creation of a commission to review the self-defense law.

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