In 2005, encouraged by the NRA, Florida passed its version of a “Stand Your Ground” law, encouraging its citizens to use deadly force rather than retreat if they feel their safety may be threatened. Today 21 states have passed similar legislation. Every year in America, almost five million new guns are sold. Today, there’s pretty much a gun for every person in our country, over 300 million guns in all. Most new guns purchased are bought be someone who already owns multiple weapons. Almost 11,000 Americans lost their life to gun violence last year.
Two weeks ago, Trayvon Martin lost his life to gun violence. He was armed with a bag of Skittles, but his death was no accident. I think in the coming weeks we will learn a lot more about the man who killed Trayvon, George Zimmerman. Facts are beginning to trickle out. An arrest here, an assault there. Zimmerman apparently wanted to be a cop but couldn’t be admitted to any program because of his past behavior. Instead, he became a vigilante private policeman, or at least that’s my take. In the year before he chased Trayvon down and killed him, spurred on by an act of public policy, he had called 911 some fifty times. Like I said, this was no accident.