Gwinnett Co. woman's petition to boycott Florida takes off inter - CBS46 News

Gwinnett Co. woman's petition to boycott Florida takes off internationally

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

It was a little more than a year ago when Christine Bergman heard about the Trayvon Martin shooting and Florida's stand your ground law.

"It is clear that Trayvon Martin was not a person who was up to no good, and now he is dead," Bergman said.

Bergman said she was outraged and sad.

"I felt very passionate about that, I would talk to my husband a lot about that, and one day he asked me, what are you going to do to make things different," Bergman said.

Bergman's passion took her to Moveon.org, where she started an online petition to boycott Florida, until the stand your ground law is repealed.

"I thought maybe a couple dozen people would sign it, maybe I would start an interesting discussion online with a few folks and I was right," Bergman said.

Bergman said she had less than 100 signatures until last week.

"I checked this morning and it is over 10,000. I was shocked, and I don't know what to do next" Bergman said.

Several celebrities, including Stevie Wonder, have agreed to boycott Florida and other states that have stand your ground laws.

"It is funny I saw that on the evening news, and I kind of chuckled to myself and I said Oh wow that is interesting, because I remember writing a petition that was kind of the same thing a long time ago. It was before someone had called me, and I realized that the petition had even taken off," Bergman said.

Bergman said she hopes her decision last year will lead to real change.

"I want it to lead to a national discussion about stand your ground laws that aren't focused on a particular person, aren't focused on a particular case but on all the people who will be affected," Bergman said.

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