Trayvon Martin’s Mother Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

It’s been almost three years since the miscarriage of justice known as the Trayvon Martin case. In 2013, a jury found George Zimmerman, an angry and disturbed trigger happy cop-wannabe, not guilty after he shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin’s death ignited a national controversy over race, profiling, violence – and of course guns.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, has become a passionate activist for sensible gun reform and racial justice in the years following her son’s tragic murder. But of course, Fulton’s activism has been met with hostility, much of it coming from those within the gun lobby, including the NRA.

Back in November, Fulton, along with other parents whose children were killed by law enforcement, met with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton to discuss criminal justice reform and gun control measures. The parents provided Clinton with blueprints on what could, should and  has to be done to curb racial profiling and gun violence. Apparently Fulton liked what she saw from Clinton.

In an op-ed written for CNN titled “Why I support Hillary Clinton,” Fulton praised Clinton as the president who will “stand up to inaction from Republicans and indifference from the National Rifle Association,” and tackle the issue head on:

I know Clinton is tough enough to wage this fight. I’ve seen her do it for years. As first lady, she advocated for the Brady Bill and convened meetings on school violence. As a senator, she voted to extend the assault weapons ban and against an immunity law that protects irresponsible gun makers and dealers from liability. In spending some time with her in person, I also found a mother and a grandmother who truly heard me, and understood the depth of my loss.

I agree with the President: We should only support leaders that fight for common-sense gun reforms. Clinton passes that test.

Fulton also praised Clinton’s position on criminal justice reform, writing:
She has called for key reforms — from better training for officers to eliminating racial profiling and investing in body cameras for every police department. She sees what I see: a criminal justice system that is not always just. A system that has contributed to creating a reality where just selling cigarettes, playing loud music, looking at a cop the wrong way or walking home from the store are now activities that can get you killed.
But Fulton wasn’t just all praise for Clinton – she was harsh, and rightfully so, to the GOP lot, warning readers that America cannot “afford to elect a Republican who refuses even to acknowledge the problem of senseless gun violence.” Fulton also cites the right’s hostility towards Black Lives Matter protestors as a reason for her Democratic endorsement.
Fulton’s endorsement of Clinton comes one day after Gabrielle Giffords’, who was shot in the head in Tucson, Arizona in 2011, in which six others were killed and thirteen wounded. Like Fulton, Giffords and her Husband Mark Kelly praised Clinton’s commitment to the Brady Bill, which is seen as the foundation for our nation’s current background checks system.
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