"Nothing short of an assassination..."
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Trayvon Martin was minding his own business when George Zimmerman decided he looked "suspicious," and took matters into his own hands. After calling 911, Zimmerman ignored the operator's instructions and followed Trayvon, ultimately catching up to him and fatally shooting him in the chest.
Zimmerman was a vigilante who murdered an unarmed teenager in cold blood, yet because he has invoked Florida's "Shoot First" law, he has escaped punishment for his crime.
The same thing could happen here in Pennsylvania.
Last June, our state lawmakers passed HB 40, Pennsylvania's own "Shoot First" law, which changed the rules in Pennsylvania to allow deadly force in public places, even if it isn’t absolutely necessary. Just like the law in Florida, it was written and lobbied for by the National Rifle Association. Police and prosecutors warned that something just like this could happen.
Across Pennsylvania, people are gathering to demand justice for Trayvon and action to prevent a similar tragedy from happening here.