It’s time to get past all this liberal gun-control shit and look at the facts: the rednecks, backed by the NRA, are arming themselves in record numbers. But law-abiding African-Americans are largely unarmed and have no way to defend themselves because they haven’t availed themselves of their Second Amendment right to carry weapons for self-defense.
Since 2005, Florida, where Trayvon was shot, has had a “Stand your ground” law. Wikipedia describes “Stand your ground” as follows:
A stand-your-ground law states that a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the “stand your ground” law would be a defense to criminal charges.
It’s clear that Trayvon could have defended himself against George Zimmerman, who he thought was stalking him, and been justified under Florida law.
Like the Freedom Riders of an earlier day who promoted voter registration, now is the time for brave Civil Rights activists to take buses into the south and sign up young African-Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights!
From Mike Lupica’s 3/26/2012 column in the Daily News:
“Here is what Daniel Gross, the president of the (James) Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wrote for the Huffington Post:
“ ‘George Zimmerman is the embodiment of the gun lobby and its vision for America. George Zimmerman is the NRA.’ ”
Lupica continues, “Even before the rest of the country even knew Trayvon Martin’s name, Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat from Alaska, was pushing the National Reciprocity Act, a companion to the boneheaded House Bill 822 (passed last fall in Congress), which allows out-of-state visitors to carry firearms as long as their home states allow them to.
“Good times! It means that George Zimmerman — if he stays out of jail — might be legal walking around New York with a concealed weapon someday, might get the chance to keep our neighborhoods as safe as the one he was watching out for in Sanford last month.”
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