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19 Jul

Don’t Imprison Florida Mom for Defending Her Kids

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The McGlynn: Florida has gone mad!

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A jury in Florida sentenced a new mother to twenty years in prison for firing two warning shots at the ceiling to try to scare away her abusive husband. How were her actions not self-defense?

Please sign the petition today! Don’t Imprison Florida Mom for Defending Her Kids

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Dear The McGlynn,

Earlier this week, a Florida jury determined that George Zimmerman’s decision to kill an unarmed teenage boy could be classified as “self-defense.” So why was a mom in the same state sentenced to twenty years in prison for firing warning shots at the ceiling to scare away her abusive husband?

Marissa Alexander, a mother of three, was recovering from giving birth just nine days before when her husband tried to attack her. She was too weak to physically defend herself, so she fired warning shots into the air. No one was hurt, and her husband has since admitted his intention to hurt her. Yet she was still sentenced to twenty years in prison for trying to protect herself and her children.

Florida’s self-defense laws, as controversial as they are, were supposedly passed to protect domestic violence survivors, among other victims of abuse. But if they’re protecting people like George Zimmerman and not Marissa Alexander, something is horrifically wrong.

Marissa’s three children now face life with a mother in prison and a father who abused their mother to the point where she felt the need to arm herself. This cannot be the precedent we set for abuse survivors.

Marissa is currently in the process of appealing her case. Tell Governor Scott to pardon her immediately.

care2 Thank you for taking action,Kathleen
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

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Further Background:

The Stand Your Ground Defense failed domestic abuse victim Marissa Alexander – who didn’t shoot anyone.Only after enduring a year of violence from her husband Rico Gray, who has a documented history of abuse, did she arm herself for protection.

The next threat came just nine days after giving birth to their daughter. Gray, in a rage, cornered her and threatened to kill her. But instead of shooting him, she aimed upward. The only thing she hit was the ceiling.

Gray ran into the street, claiming she threatened to kill him and his boys. Marissa, on his word alone, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

For protecting her life and children she was just sentenced to twenty years in prison, even though Gray has since admitted his intention to harm her. There’s no excuse for Florida to deny this responsible mother her freedom.

Marissa is currently in the process of appealing her conviction. Tell Governor Scott to PARDON Marissa NOW!

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