Guns don’t kill people, skittles do.

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.

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2 Responses to Guns don’t kill people, skittles do.

  1. Ginger says:

    Hi Larry,

    I was so heartbroken listening to Trayvon Martin’s mother on the television this morning.

    What a great kid and what a tragic end to a promising young man’s life.

    It is a crushing reality. Thanks for sharing these critical facts about guns in America.

    Best,

    Ginger

  2. Don’t even get me STARTED on the stupidity of Americans and their love affair with guns. Unfortunately, the people being gunned down in cold blood are not the ones responsible for this travesty. The NRA is one of the most influential lobbies in America, and their positions are so extreme, they are often at loggerheads with law enforcement itself. They position themselves as the last bastion in preserving our freedom; instead they are responsible for advocating for crap like bulletproof vest-penetrating ammunition, weapons of real mass destruction (like automatic weapons, etc), and the kind of guns that we’ve seen used in the mass murder sprees like that in Arizona and Virginia Tech. NO other country in the world has our record of gun murder — and in a time where violent crime has decreased significantly, there is NO way that guns = freedom. Guns = bloodshed. Do we actually think that Europeans are less free than we are, because they can’t go out on a Sunday and purchase a Glock 9? Give me a break! Until change.org published his mother’s story, Trayvon’s murder had gone unnoticed and almost completely uninvestigated. The fact that George Zimmerman was walking around with a concealed weapon he couldn’t wait to fire at someone (anyone!) is a total joke — and the idea that he could shoot a young black man in cold blood and then claim self-defense (“standing his ground”) with NO other explanation other than he felt threatened is simply unbelievable. I don’t even recognize this country any more; it’s become the United States of Violence.

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