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Trayvon Martin's Mother Supports Hillary's Campaign

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Sybrina Fulton (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 11 Jan 2016 01:49 PM

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, wrote in a CNN op-ed piece Monday that she believes Hillary Clinton is the best choice as a president who will stand up to Republicans' "inaction" and "indifference from the National Rifle Association."

"With so many of our children's lives on the line or taken, we simply can't afford to elect a Republican who refuses even to acknowledge the problem of senseless gun violence," Fulton, whose son was fatally shot in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, wrote. "I know Clinton is tough enough to wage this fight. I've seen her do it for years."

Fulton said that while Clinton was first lady, she advocated for the Brady Bill and held meetings on school violence, and as senator voted to extend the assault weapons ban and against an immunity law for gun makers and dealers.

"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," said Fulton.

Clinton knew statistics, Fulton said, but instead they talked about her son and other families who have lost loved ones to gun violence, and how to prevent other mothers from losing sons to gun violence.

"Clinton will uphold President Obama's recent executive actions, and then she'll go even further," said Fulton. "Her plan focuses on reforms that would help keep more guns out of the hands of criminals. It would finally close the gun show loophole, and the outrageous provision that allowed someone with an arrest record to buy the gun used to shoot and kill nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina."

The former secretary of state also wants to address larger systemic problems and has called for key reforms, said Fulton.

"She sees what I see: a criminal justice system that is not always just," said Fulton. "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."

Finally, Fulton said that not only is she missing her son, but so are many other mothers, and "we must do more than just cry. And all of us must do more than speak out, protest and march."

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Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, wrote in a CNN op-ed piece Monday that she believes Hillary Clinton is the best choice as a president who will stand up to Republicans' "inaction" and "indifference from the National Rifle Association."
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