Tell Congress: Stop the spread of "Stand Your Ground" Laws

On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will be holding a hearing to consider how the Stand Your Ground Laws have spread and what effect they've had on civil rights and public safety.

Senator Dick Durbin, the chair of the committee, is seeking testimony about these laws for committee members to consider. This is an important opportunity to show support for repeal of these deadly laws.

Submit your testimony telling the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stand up to the NRA and stop the spread of Stand Your Ground laws. Click here for sample text.

The NRA, backed by gun manufacturers and politicians associated with the shadowy right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), helped shepherd Shoot First laws through dozens of states. These laws dangerously offer a legal stamp of approval to a "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality.

Throw in the eye-popping number of concealed-carry permits (which now stands at 8 million nationally) and lax gun laws generally, and you have a dangerous recipe for unnecessarily violent, often fatal conflict.

In Florida, for example, the rate of "justifiable" homicides has tripled since the state passed its Shoot First law, in 2005.4 Now it's time for the public to push back against these dangerous laws.

Submit your testimony telling the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stand up to the NRA and stop the spread of Stand Your Ground laws. Click the link below for sample text:

http://act.credoaction.com/go/1862?t=4&akid=8889.6648397.V4Gy5y

Thank you for standing up to the NRA.

Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager

CREDO Action

 

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