Keep 

"Stand Your Ground" out of ohio

1. Send a message to Gov. Dewine now. 

Go HERE.

2. Post your own message on social media about the dangers of Stand Your Ground. Scroll down for suggestions.

Sample Tweet or Facebook Post:

From Ahmaud Arbery to Trayvon Martin, #StandYourGround laws are deadly & must be stopped.

⚠️They’re discriminatory

⚠️ Increase gun violence

⚠️ Encourage a "shoot first" mentality

Tell @GovMikeDeWine that you #StandWithOhio against #StandYourGround! https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Sample Tweet or Facebook Post:

Q: Whose ground is "Stand Your Ground" for?

A: White vigilantes. SYG laws legalized the racially motivated murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin.

States MUST reject this. Tell @GovMikeDeWine that you #StandWithOhio against #StandYourGround https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Sample Tweet or Facebook Post:

❌ Myth: #StandYourGround laws protect us.

✅ Truth: SYG laws INCREASE gun homicides by 32%.

We want to #StopTheViolence, not legalize it.

⚠️ Hey, @GovMikeDeWine: we won’t tolerate a state sanctioned license to kill. #StandWithOhio against #StandYourGround. https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Sample Tweet or Facebook Post:

We know what happens when states allow murder— people who look like Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin lose their lives and murderers walk free.

⚠️ Tell @GovMikeDeWine that you #StandWithOhio against #StandYourGround. https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Sample Tweet or Facebook Post:

A year after the #DaytonShooting and Ohio wants to pass Stand Your Ground laws that increase gun violence by 32%?? This is UNACCEPTABLE. DO SOMETHING!

Contact @GovMikeDeWine if you #StandWithOhio against #StandYourGround. https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

FILM A “DIRECT TO CAMERA” VIDEO AND POST IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA (#StandWithOhio)

Use your phone to make a short video (10-30 seconds) explaining why you #StandWithOhio and encourage your followers to do the same. You can post your video directly to social media using the hashtag #StandWithOhio.

Suggested script/topline messaging for Ohioans:

● Hi. I am [your name] from [your city name, Ohio] and #StandWithOhio against Stand Your Ground. As an Ohioan, I want to see my community safe and Stand Your Ground laws do the opposite

● Stand Your Ground laws give people the right to kill in instances where they “perceive a threat.” We live in a world where Black and Brown bodies are consistently seen as a “perceived threat.”

● Ahmaud Arbery was a “perceived threat” because he was Black while jogging. Trayvon Martin was a “perceived threat” because he was Black while going to the store.

● I don’t support state-sanctioned murder and I don’t support Stand Your Ground.

● I’m telling Governor Mike Dewine that Ohioans are watching and we’re demanding that he reject this legislation. https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Suggested script/topline messaging for non-Ohioans:

● My name is [you name] and I #StandWithOhio against Stand Your Ground legislation.

● It is urgent that Americans across the country join Ohioans in contacting Gov. DeWine to stop this deadly policy from becoming law.

● Our country is violent enough without increasing state-sanctioned murder

● Florida saw a 32% uptick in gun-related homicides because of Stand Your Ground laws- - we know that they do not make us safer

● Stand Your Ground is a way for white vigilante justice to take precedence over Black lives

● We want to end gun violence, not legalize it.

● I’m telling Governor Mike Dewine that Americans everywhere are watching and we’re demanding that he reject this legislation. https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Sample Tweet or Facebook Post:

We can’t legalize murder of "perceived threats" when Black existence is still a “perceived threat” to many.

We reject the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin— Ohio should too.

Tell @GovMikeDeWine to #StandWithOhio against #StandYourGround. https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Sample Tweet or Facebook Post:

Anyone else oppose:

❌ Stand Your Ground?

❌ "Shoot first, ask questions later"?

❌ “The last witness standing WINS”?

❌ A license to kill?

❌ Increased gun violence?

Tell @GovMikeDeWine to #StandWithOhio against #StandYourGround. https://bit.ly/33KOXBK

Use these sites for more background and talking points on Stand Your Ground laws and their effects:
Giffords Law Center
Everytown for Gun Safety
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