On February 26, 2017–the fifth anniversary of the day on which George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense–Moms Demand Action asked supporters to honor the memory of Martin by demanding gun control.
Zimmerman shot Martin on February 26, 2012 and was acquitted of murder charges in July 2013. He then faced an investigation by Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, which sought to determine if Zimmerman could be charged with a civil rights violation for shooting Martin. But on February 24, 2015, the Associated Press reported that the DOJ could not find evidence sufficient to warrant federal charges.
The DOJ said:
This decision [not to charge Zimmerman] is limited strictly to the department’s inability to meet the high legal standard required to prosecute the case under the federal civil rights statutes; it does not reflect an assessment of any other aspect of the shooting.
Yet despite the fact that Zimmerman was acquitted on grounds of self-defense and not charged federally by the DOJ, Moms Demand describes him as an “armed vigilante” and uses the death of Martin as a call for more gun control:
5 years ago today, Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by an armed vigilante while walking home from buying candy.
Honor him with ACTION. pic.twitter.com/T9fpX9ne0z
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) February 26, 2017
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