Because this is #OurGround.
The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence is an affiliate of States United to Prevent Gun Violence and we are proud to partner with Brady, Giffords, Amnesty International, March For Our Lives, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, The Community Justice Action Fund, and Team ENOUGH! We hope you will join all of us to :
“Shoot First, Ask Questions Later.” “License to Kill.” “Kill at Will.”
So-called “Stand Your Ground” laws go by all of these names for one clear reason: they are a license to murder. Using the guise of “self defense,” they fuel gun homicides — especially homicides of Black Americans, like Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery. They are already law in at least 25 states.
Even though we have fought this dangerous legislation a number of times Ohio lawmakers are still hearing and considering a “Stand Your Ground” bill to send to Gov. DeWine’s desk.
OCAGV is joining a coalition of Ohio-based groups, civil rights and racial justice organizations, and more in an effort to mobilize Americans everywhere to tell Gov. DeWine that the entire nation is watching – and he must reject any Stand Your Ground bill that arrives at his desk!
It is urgent that Americans across the country join Ohioans in contacting Gov. DeWine to stop this bill from becoming law. Our #Stand with Ohio coalition has set a goal of collecting 100,000 signatures by September 15. Will you add your name now?
Stand Your Ground laws threaten everyone’s safety, particularly Black Americans. Research shows that in instances where a Black victim is murdered by a white shooter, that shooting is more likely to be deemed legally justified. Even if you don’t live in Ohio, these laws make our country less just and more violent. Far too often, they are used to protect white vigilantism and justify violence against people of color.
Together we have 47 days to reach our goal of 100,000 signatures. That’s why I’m asking you to join us in telling Gov. DeWine that Americans everywhere are watching — and he should reject this legislation.
By adding your name, you are joining thousands of activists from across the country in opposition to Stand Your Ground laws. Together, we will demand a safer and more just America for us all.
We are stronger together, please join us.