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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Offering help for families facing the troubles of modern day life is the theme of a three-day event hosted by the Temple of Deliverance Church of God In Christ.

Keynote speaker is the attorney for the family of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, who is speaking out against the passage of Stand Your Ground laws.

For more than a century states have enacted self defense laws that have been clearly defined. But with more than half the nation now crafting ambiguous Stand Your Ground laws, recent court cases have tragically demonstrated what's become "blurred lines."

"Is that what we want our society to be about? Just everybody killing everybody?," asks attorney Benjamin Crump.

With what he's seen and heard in the last two years, it's little wonder Crump doesn't hide his frustration with laws, legislators and justice seemingly gone amok. In a week marking two years since the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon at the hands of George Zimmerman in Florida, the Martins' family attorney, finds himself in Memphis this weekend as the keynote speaker for the conference on family hosted by Bishop David Allen Hall, Sr., the pastor of the Temple COGIC.

The three-day event, which started Friday night, will focus on the theme of uniting families in troubled times.

"There's such a disillusionment, if you will, amongst family that we feel that it's a need for the church to provide ministry, to educate and to provide healing," Bishop Hall said. "So, that families can be again what they should be."

However, it's the troubling events of Martin's shooting and the recent trial over the gunning down of teenager Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn, that Crump insists were both spawned by controversial Stand Your Ground legislation most states, including Tennessee and Mississippi, have enacted in one form or another.

Crump said the laws give unwarranted legal cover for irresponsible actions.

"It was no need for this law," Crump said. "It was a solution looking for a problem. In the Michael Dunn case with Jordan Davis, he was convicted for attempted murder of the three people he missed. But was not held accountable for killing Jordan Davis. Just as George Zimmerman was not accountable for killing Trayvon Martin. It shouldn't be called the Stand Your Ground law. It should be called the Don't Miss Law.

As for the aftermath of Martin's death, Crump says time has invoked for him a deeper respect for the victim's surviving family.

"The most remarkable thing of the tragedy is how well his parents have been able to try to find constructive, positive things to try to deal with the loss of a child," he said.

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