Controversial new ad recreates Trayvon Martin Shooting - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Controversial new ad recreates Trayvon Martin Shooting

Still image from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence's PSA. Still image from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence's PSA.
Author and gun law expert Alan Korwin disagrees with the ad. Author and gun law expert Alan Korwin disagrees with the ad.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A new public service announcement from the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is getting quite the buzz.

The 90-second ad recreates some of the events leading up to the shooting that killed Trayvon Martin. Actual 911 calls from that night are used, and it's designed to elicit a certain response from viewers.

CSGV's stated mission is to "secure freedom from gun violence," and its website says the goal of the ad it to repeal so-called Stand Your Ground laws and doctrines in 26 states, including Arizona.

"It's an ad against our civil rights disguised as a public service announcement," said Alan Korwin, an Arizona author, gun expert and owner of gunlaws.com.

Korwin says the ad is very well made, but it's inaccurate, since the George Zimmerman trial did not touch on Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Rather, it was a self-defense case.

"The George Zimmerman self-defense case had nothing to do with Stand Your Ground or castle doctrine," he said.

Korwin says he hopes people watching the ad don't let their emotions get to them. Rather, he says it's best to know Arizona's laws protect the victim, not the attacker.

"I think they made a mistake in this ad because they said 'stand up against Stand Your Ground.' Stand Your Ground makes sense. If someone attacks you, you should be able to defend yourself," he said.

To see the full ad, click here.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Where did George H.W. Bush get his literacy socks? A man with down syndrome made them

    Where did George H.W. Bush get his literacy socks? A man with down syndrome made them

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:57:11 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:57:11 GMT
    (Source: George H.W. Bush/Twitter/CNN)(Source: George H.W. Bush/Twitter/CNN)

    Former president George H.W. Bush garnered attention over the weekend for the "literacy" socks he wore to his wife's funeral. It turns out a Long Island man is behind those socks.

    More >>

    Former president George H.W. Bush garnered attention over the weekend for the "literacy" socks he wore to his wife's funeral. It turns out a Long Island man is behind those socks.

    More >>
  • Judge removes 2 Pendleton King Park trustees after he finds them "unable to perform duties"

    Judge removes 2 Pendleton King Park trustees after he finds them "unable to perform duties"

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:54:57 GMT

    Good news out of a court hearing in Richmond County for Pendleton King Park. It's looking like the Park will remain a park, according to a Foundation member. In a court hearing on Tuesday, District Attorney Natalia Paine said the state recommends two of the three Trustee's be removed and replaced by other entities. According to the judge the trustees have not fulfilled it's judiciary duty including keeping up with the proper documentation of financial records. The new trustees ...

    More >>

    Good news out of a court hearing in Richmond County for Pendleton King Park. It's looking like the Park will remain a park, according to a Foundation member. In a court hearing on Tuesday, District Attorney Natalia Paine said the state recommends two of the three Trustee's be removed and replaced by other entities. According to the judge the trustees have not fulfilled it's judiciary duty including keeping up with the proper documentation of financial records. The new trustees ...

    More >>
  • Open forum features candidates for Augusta Mayor & District 10

    Open forum features candidates for Augusta Mayor & District 10

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:52:37 GMT
    Several candidates vying to be the next Augusta Mayor and to fill the district 10 Richmond County Commission seat were part of an open forum on Tuesday. Mayor Hardie Davis and his opponent Gould Hagler both talked about the issues surrounding the James Brown Arena and Regency Mall. Lori Myles and John Clarke, both running for District 10 faced similar questions from the public including their plans on how to grow the district. The deadline to register to vote was on Tuesday an...More >>
    Several candidates vying to be the next Augusta Mayor and to fill the district 10 Richmond County Commission seat were part of an open forum on Tuesday. Mayor Hardie Davis and his opponent Gould Hagler both talked about the issues surrounding the James Brown Arena and Regency Mall. Lori Myles and John Clarke, both running for District 10 faced similar questions from the public including their plans on how to grow the district. The deadline to register to vote was on Tuesday an...More >>
Powered by Frankly