A new PSA dramatizes the fatal struggle between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and calls for people to "stand up" to Stand Your Ground laws in 26 states.
The PSA is by a non-profit group, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. It explains the initiative on its website:
The traditional presumption in the law—from the advent of the Hebrew Bible through the creation of Roman law, English common law, and American law—has been that if you could spare human life, it was incumbent upon you to do so.
With "Stand Your Ground" (aka "Shoot First") laws, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its partners in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have turned 3,000 years of jurisprudence on its head. Now you can provoke a fight, and if losing that fight, kill the person you attacked.
Some think it goes too far and sends the wrong message.
Others noted that while it was a raw and emotional depiction, it drove home an important point.
Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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