The National Rifle Association stood in support of the Stand Your Ground law and the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which lost some of its corporate backers after its role in pushing Stand Your Ground laws came to light.
The Dream Defenders, a group of student activists, have been advocating against the law and staged a 31 day protest. It turned out to be longest ever sit-in at the Florida Capitol. They tried to get Gov. Rick Scott to have a special session to repeal the law but to no avail.
The CSGV ad debuts one month after President Barack Obama’s most recent comments on the Martin shooting and the Zimmerman verdict. “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son,” he said. “Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.