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The father of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin is asking D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to review gun laws in the wake of his son'e death.

On Wednesday the room fell silent as Tracy Martin entered to testify in the inaugural forum on the state of black boys and men in America. A visibly shaken Martin said his son's killing doesn t have to be in vain.

"I would like to see that Trayvon Martin name is attached to some kind of statute or amendment that says you can't simply profile our children, shoot them in the heart, kill them, and say that you were defending yourself," he said.

George Zimmerman was acquitted for the killing, which is being reviewed by the Department of Justice to see if he broke any federal civil rights statues. More than 20 states have enacted laws similar to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws. Norton is a co-chair of a new group called the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.

"Why are we going to let these stand your ground laws stand? They are a clear and present danger to every black man in America," she said.

Lawmakers and witnesses also discussed how to reverse the high incarceration rate of black youths and men.

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