Participants in Tampa rally for Trayvon Martin talk about how they would change Florida's gun laws

03/26/12 Seán Kinane
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An unarmed teenager was killed in Sanford a month ago today, but the shooter has not been arrested; it has set off a national debate about criminal justice and gun laws. On Saturday, about 1,000 people marched through Tampa’s Al Lopez Park to support justice in the case of Trayvon Martin.

Many in the crowd chanted, held signs and wore hooded sweatshirts similar to what Martin was wearing when he was shot. The alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, was not charged because he claimed self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” gun law. I asked these participants whether they think Florida’s gun laws need to be changed:

J Redd of Ft. Pierce Maranda Hill of Tampa Ernest Hunter of Odessa Nashon Shannon of St. Petersburg Michelle Williams of Tampa Will Munnerlyn of Clearwater Phyre White of Tampa Deborah Broxton of Tampa Tammy Williams of Tampa Ed Narain of Tampa

They spoke at what was called a “Million Hoodies March” in Tampa on Saturday.

A town hall meeting about the Martin case will be held today at 4 p.m at the Sanford Civic Center.

Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick is hosting a rally Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the 34th Street Church of God to request Florida’s Attorney General and Department of Justice to take action in the Martin case.

On Saturday the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement is hosting a march at 11 a.m. from Uhuru House on 18th Avenue South to City Hall.

Here's a photo gallery from Saturday's rally.

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Gun control... really???


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I have yet to hear anyone make the following point: Trayvon tried to avoid the unknown follower, as would any prudent person alone on a street after dark, but the follower caught up with him. According to the listener on Trayvon's phone, Trayvon said, "Why are you following me?" Without identifying himself either by name or as a crime watch volunteer, Zimmerman responded, "What are you doing here?" and apparently pushed Trayvon, causing his phone to fall. So Trayvon was approached and apparently physically assaulted by an unknown, threatening person. Common sense would say that Trayvon was the one who had the right to defend himself and stand his ground, because he had not been doing anything wrong and at that point could not retreat. The only defensive weapon he had was the can of tea, presumably in the hand that had not been holding the phone. If he pushed back without dropping the can, that could explain Zimmerman's broken nose. With differences in details, that's basically the way it happened when it happened to me. I was not counter-attacking; I was fending off the man who was attacking me. Even though my attacker sustained much more damage than Zimmerman did, the police immediately (and correctly) presumed me to be the victim because I'm a woman. This was decades before the Stand Your Ground law.