Students from Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities rallied in honor of Trayvon Martin at the Georgia State Capitol Monday. More than 3,000 people were in attendance to protest the death of an unarmed 17-year-old boy who was walking back to his father’s fiancé’s home from picking up snacks.
Those in attendance chanted “No Justice, No Peace” and “I Am Trayvon,” CBS 46 reports. Lawmakers used the rally as an opportunity to garner support for the repeal of the “Stand your Ground law,” a law that states a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first.
Georgia House Reps. Alisha Thomas Morgan, D-Austell, and Rashad Taylor, D-Atlanta are attempting to tackle gun legislation. The General Assembly is debating a bill that would lower the age to carry a gun to 18, CBS 46 reports.
“We want to make a statement to get the conversation started,” Taylor said at the rally. “So when we come back, we will have something. This doesn’t make any sense. We should not have a society where guns are the norm.”
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, reportedly shot Martin in self-defense on Feb. 26. Georgia passed a similar law in 2006 that allows one to use deadly force if threatened.
Watch footage of rally below.
Clark Atlanta, Spelman and Morehouse Students Rally for Trayvon Martin
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