To the mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, the topic of gun control is something activist looks out for in deciding her vote. Hillary Clinton is just one of the presidential hopefuls who has expressed plans to target violence in the United States. However, with Clinton’s role as a mother adding to her political resume, Fulton trusts that this candidate will be the one to stop the wrongful deaths of American children and explains her support in a piece penned to CNN.
“We discussed how to prevent more moms from losing their sons to gun violence,” Fulton said of Clinton, “In spending some time with her in person, I also found a mother and a grandmother who truly heard me, and understood the depth of my loss.”
Maternal and paternal instincts are dominating the conversations on gun control in America and who will take over the White House. Just last week, President Barack Obama noted fatherhood as an inspiration for his position on mass violence, in a piece for the New York Times. His executive address also last week left Fulton “moved by the tears of not just our President but of a father who clearly understands [her] anguish.”
However, the activist doubts that all of the potential successors to Obama will have that same understanding, which is why she is now moved to endorse Clinton. “With so many of our children’s lives on the line or taken, we simply can’t afford to elect a Republican who refuses even to acknowledge the problem of senseless gun violence.” Fulton fears that the progress done so far towards reform will be reversed if a Republican takes office, she writes.
Additionally, Fulton is impressed by Clinton’s strategies to ease the tension between law enforcement and civilians in communities of color. She cites the candidate’s attention towards decriminalizing in American society the everyday activities of her son and other people of color. Fulton says that Clinton acknowledges the “larger, systemic problems” within the nation and will work towards alleviating them.
The activist’s new reign of support lends a different approach to breaking down gun violence and racial injustice, in which she asks mothers for a collaborative effort in. She closes her piece, “Not only am I missing my son, but too many other moms like me are missing their sons—Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Tamir Rice. As their mothers, we must do more than just cry. And all of us must do more than speak out, protest and march. We must vote!”