MARIETTA, Ga. -- Jordan Davis' mother wants to repeal the Stand Your Ground Laws that have been enacted in more than 25 states. Lucia McBath's son was shot and killed outside a Jacksonville, Fla. convenience store on November 23, 2012. The man charged with the murder claims his life was threatened when he shot the 17-year old former Wheeler High School student.
Nine days after her son was buried, McBath has started a petition drive to repeal the laws federally. She said it's a mission that is helping her deal with her son's murder. "It gives me something to fight for (for)Jordan, so people know who he is and know that he was a good kid," she said.
The Stand Your Ground Law in most of the 26 states allows the use of deadly force if a person feels their life threatened or serious bodily harm. But McBath said she doesn't believe her son posed any threat to Michael Dunn, 45.
Dunn is charged with murder after he got into an argument with Davis and his friends outside a Jacksonville convenience store because he said they were playing their music too loud. Dunn claimed one of the teens flashed a shotgun, but police said Davis and his friends were unarmed.
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"How can you protect yourself with a law when you incited, created the whole situation?" McBath said. "All he had to do is just ignore the boys."
Many people are comparing Davis' case to another 17 year old shot to death in Florida. But Davis' family believes there are differences between their son's death and the death of Trayvon Martin. They do believe the two cases may be linked forever because of the Stand Your Ground law. "We don't have to stand by and watch more people being affected and more people dying because of it," McBath said.
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McBath said she needs 25,000 signatures to get the White House to take a look at the request to appeal. She said she knows it's an uphill battle, but with the help of an Internet site called "Walk with Jordan", she is hopeful that goal can be achieved.
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