MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new activist group formed in wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting investigation plans to rally Monday in front of Senator Marco Rubio’s office in Doral to demand that he withdraw his support for the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Rubio wants the legislature and the public to not rush to judgment on the “Stand Your Ground” law and instead wait for more information on the Martin case to come out.

The law, which was passed in 2005, allows Floridians to use deadly force if they feel their life is threatened in any location. Many states have a similar law, but restrict it to a person’s home.

The law is being used as a defense by George Zimmerman who shot and killed Martin in Sanford. Former Governor Jeb Bush, who signed the law, said it didn’t apply in this case. Rubio is taking a more nuanced position that allows him to defend the law while not blaming Martin for the shooting either.

Rubio voted for the law as a member of the House and recently reaffirmed his support.

“We don’t know the facts in this case … I think a lot of people have rushed to judgment,” Rubio said, according to the News Service of Florida. “It’s a self defense law. Stand your ground does not allow you to chase somebody and shoot them. I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case, but if it happened in this case, or any other case, stand your ground does not apply. Let’s wait until the facts are out so we can have an intelligent debate.”

A coalition of students across the state of Florida known as the “Dream Defenders” have organized statewide actions to demand justice as Zimmerman awaits the decision of the a grand jury which will release its report on Tuesday, April 10th as to whether he will be charged.

“This so-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is a safe-haven for predators and murderers to kill and harm with impunity,” said Dream Defenders member Esteban Roncancio in a statement. “We ask Senator Rubio to retract his support for this ‘Kill at Will’ law and use his political influence to prevent any more Trayvons from being murdered.”

On Sunday member of the group from across the state ended a three day march to Sanford to keep Martin’s name in the public consciousness.

On Monday, they plan to demonstrate outside of Rubio’s office beginning at noon. Several students will deliver a petition inside the office in hopes the senator will recognize the need to reform the Stand Your Ground law.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

Comments (18)
  1. Victor Barney says:

    ‘Rubio wants the legislature and the public to not rush to judgment on the “Stand Your Ground” law and instead wait for more information on the Martin case to come out.” I’m 100% with you Senator Marco Rubio! Let’s learn the facts first, but if we can’t defend ourselves from probable harm, we’ve about had it as a Rebublic. I know that this is the real goal of the New World Order elite to transend religion and all, but STAND YOUR GROUND SENATOR RUBIO! Just saying…

  2. WILL says:

    THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW IS A GOOD LAW. FOR THE FIRST TIME WE CAN DEFENDED OURSELFS WHEN ATTACHED BY CRIMINALS.

    I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PEOPLE THAT WANT THE LAW CHANGED JUST SO THE CRIMINALS DON’T HAVE TO BE SCARED OF A CITIZEN THAT MAY HAVE A GUN OR NOT HAVE A GUN IF THE LAW IS CHANGED THAN THE CRIMINAL WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT MORE CRIMES
    AGINST A UNARMED PERSON THEN ONE THAT IS ARMED.THATS BETTER THAN A INNOCENT PERSON GETTING KILLED BECAUSE HE COULDN’T DEFEND HIMSELF..IF THIS LAW IS CHANGED THERE WILL BE MORE CRIME ON THE STREETS.
    FOR THE CASE OF MARTIN WE STILL DON’T HAVE ALL OF THE FACTS. ALSO,LET THY LAW WORK AND THAN WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
    WHAT EVER HAPPENS IN THIS CASE ITS NOT THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW THATS ON TRAIL HERE.

    1. Oscar Borras says:

      Marco Rubio should not allow to be intimidated. He should continue his support of Stand your Ground law.

      1. Counterattack says:

        Support Stand Your Ground, don’t support Zimmerman

    2. Weeewee says:

      Learn how to write please!!!!!

  3. gary says:

    “A new activist group…” and an old activist group, CRIMINALS who prey on defenseless citizens, they all want to repeal the law. Rubio has the right idea, wait till all the info is in. Even if this law is repealed, most law-abiding folks have had enough. Criminals think twice before confronting an “easy score”, you may regret it for the rest of your (very short) miserable life.

  4. Counterattack says:

    It’s great to see Marco defend this Law and not support Zimmerman who was reckless as a gun owner. Marco said it get the facts and he’s saying that the Stand Your Ground Law shouldn’t apply for Zimmerman’s defense

  5. 305 Justice says:

    I will be there to rally for justice!

    Trayvon Martin’s parents should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

    If they had not allowed him to smoke marijuana and steal, he would not be dead right now!

  6. BHirsh says:

    Typical noise from a group ignorant of any legal principles, and apparently with the inability to read and understand English.

    People like those in this group are emotion-driven, devoid of logic and maturity (no matter what their ages), and should just go home and shut up. And STAY home on voting day, too.

  7. Big Ed says:

    The stand your ground law is a good law… it protects innocent people who are acting in self defense.
    Repealing it would only serve to embolden the criminals.
    I have a license to carry a firearm and I am too old to run from a thug who is attacking me. I either get beat to death or I defend myself. If you don’t want to get shot, don’t attack innocent people who may be carrying a firearm.