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Rally for Trayvon Martin, Bo Morrison


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison joined cities across the country rallying for an end to gun violence after the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Bo Morrison in Slinger, Wisconsin.

Dozens rallied at the Capitol steps, calling for an end to laws they say allowed innocent young men to be killed.

"Stop the violence now," the crowd chanted.

Martin, 17, was killed in February, when George Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self-defense, under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

In Slinger, a man shot and killed unarmed, 20-year-old Bo Morrison last month as he hid on a neighbor's porch when police showed up at an underage drinking party.

Wisconsin's Castle Doctrine lets people use deadly force in their home, car or business if they feel their life is in danger.

"Call the police. Don't take the law into your own hands. That's the problem with this new law where we're allowed to take action now and think about the consequences later," said Tawan Sanders.

But some say it's not the laws that are to blame for what happened to the two young men.

 "To say the law encourages people to shoot I think is simply wrong. I don't think it does," said Auric Gold, secretary of Wisconsin Carry. "When you think about it, if you are in your home, car or place of business, where do you have to retreat to? Those are the places of retreat."

Still, he says shooting to kill should always be a last resort.

"I think it's preferable to let a burglar get away than it is to deal with trauma of having to shoot them."

In Morrison's case, a district attorney said the Castle Doctrine gave the homeowner in Slinger the right to use deadly force.

Only seven State Senators and 24 members of the State Assembly voted against the law in November.

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