WASHINGTON - The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) released a public service announcement Tuesday, using actual 911 calls made during the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida last year. CSGV says it is focused on dismantling self-defense state laws.
The group refers to "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws as "Shoot First" measures that are causing community violence to spike. "Now you can provoke a fight, and if losing that fight, kill the person you attacked," they say on their website.
This PSA hit the Internet Tuesday, raising the "Stand Your Ground" debate again as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's Senate hearings on state laws scheduled for September nears. Illinois has self-defense laws in place that legal experts confirm are "stand-your-ground" laws.