Sybrina Fulton, in a video that opens with her dabbing away tears, urged Americans to lean on their governors about self-defense laws like the one cited in Martin’s Feb. 26 shooting death.
“Just like me, 30,000 mothers lost their children this year to senseless gun violence,” Fulton says between images of her late son.
“Nobody can bring our children back, but it would bring us comfort if we can help spare other mothers the pain that we will feel on Mother’s Day and every day for the rest of our lives.”
In the message released Friday, Fulton said reexamining the existing laws would help “keep our families safe.”
Martin, 17, was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who pleaded not guilty to murder charges while insisting that he fired in self-defense.
Fulton offered a Mother’s Day greeting to the rest of the nation’s moms and provided a glimpse into her plans for the difficult holiday.
“I know it will be hard, but my faith, family and friends will pull me through,” she said. “On Sunday, I’m going to say a prayer for other mothers across America who share this unbearable pain.”