Congresswoman Wilson to Introduce Stand Your Ground Repeal Act Next WeekTuesday June 12, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) announced that she will introduce the Stand Your Ground Repeal Act next week when the U.S. House of Representatives reconvenes.
“I have been disturbed by the murder of Trayvon Martin for many months. The thought that George Zimmerman could get away with such a horrendous crime is a travesty of justice. I have been contemplating and working on this legislation since the incident that shocked the conscience of the nation – the murder of Trayvon Martin. There are bills in other states known by different taglines that have the same unintended consequences as Stand Your Ground. They should all be repealed. My legislation would withhold a portion of transportation funds from any state that has a law that allows an armed person to pursue, confront and shoot-to-kill an unarmed person in public,” said Congresswoman Wilson.
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a first-term Congresswoman representing the 17th District of Florida, including Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward Counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.