Seung Min Kim, Politico, April 4, 2012
Several Congressional Black Caucus members have introduced a resolution that memorializes 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and calls for the repeal of controversial gun laws that allow shooters to claim self-defense.
The resolution states that the February shooting of Martin “sets a horrific precedent of vigilante justice and compromises the integrity of the legal system.” It also says assailant George Zimmerman’s “unfounded assumptions and racial bias led to the use of deadly force.”
“As the Department of Justice continues its thorough investigation into Trayvon Martin’s untimely death, it is time for us as legislators to look at the troubling ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, which has enabled George Zimmerman to remain free,” CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said in a statement.
The four-page resolution, sponsored by Cleaver, has three other co-sponsors: Democratic Reps. Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson — all of Florida, where the shooting occurred.