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Giffords and Southern Poverty Law Center Action Issue Report on “Stand Your Ground” Laws

On July 31, Giffords Law Center and the SPLC Action Fund, issued a report entitled “Stand Your Ground Kills: How These NRA-Backed Laws Promote Racist Violence.”
The report opens by recounting 2018 murder of Markeis McGlockton. McGlockton, who was Black and unarmed, was shot to death in a parking lot by a white man who was never charged with his murder under Florida’s stand your ground law. Far from being an anomaly, this scenario has played out over and over, endangering the lives of people of color and exonerating the white people who have killed them. We urge you to read and help disseminate this important and timely report.

Anniversary of El Paso and Dayton Shootings
This week marks one year since two gunmen used weapons of war to kill 32 people and injure 49 more in horrific mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. While the shooting in El Paso was clearly racially motivated, the shooting in Dayton was not considered a hate crime. Even so, six of the nine people killed in Dayton were Black, and the shooter was known to have delved into “violent ideologies” (The Guardian, “Investigators in Ohio shooting say gunman explored ‘violent ideologies’” August 6, 2019). This lethal mixture of hate and weaponry has only been stirred more vigorously in the year since these two tragedies. That is why we must get out the vote now and in the run-up to November. We must call on our elected officials to ban semi-automatic weapons and lead with empathy, compassion, and an understanding of real justice.