TAMPA, Florida -- Since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida.

Even though it was not part of Zimmerman's defense, it has sparked a national discussion, with many saying the law is flawed.

A group of attorneys and a Florida State senator spoke to a crowd of about 300 youths and debated the issue during an event called "United and Moving Forward," which was held at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church on Saturday.

"A lot of the young people were confused. How can you follow someone? How can you provoke a confrontation and then you have a right to kill somebody?" said Natalie Jackson, a Martin family attorney.

Florida senator Chris Smith has proposed allowing law enforcement to arrest someone even if they claim they were standing their ground.

"[We need to] let them know the changes we're trying to make. Why young people sat in in the capitol. Why people have such concerns," said Sen. Smith.

Not only were proposed changes to Stand Your Ground discussed, but also what Trayvon Martin could have done the night he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Feb 2012.

"One thing that came out of today that I thought was real good was when a panelist said, as Trayvon was calling his friend, Trayvon could have called the police also," said Sen. Smith.

Florida adopted Stand Your Ground in 2004. Several other states have followed in recent years.

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