The Brady Campaign blames the NRA for Trayvon Martin’s death
From the moment that the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin story made national headlines the left has been attempting to use this story to pursue a political agenda. First this was labeled as a hate crime, the left looked at George Zimmerman’s name and assumed he was a white guy who “executed” Trayvon Martin because he was guilty of “walking while black in a gated community.” People like Democrat Representative Hank Johnson racially profiled George Zimmerman based solely on his name, but it turned out that Zimmerman is Hispanic so that line of attack fell by the wayside.
Next came the attack on stand your ground laws as we were told that these types of laws, which reaffirm and individual’s second amendment right, lead people to act as if the United States was the wild west and emboldened people to commit murder who otherwise wouldn’t have been carrying a sidearm. But with the news that Janet Napolitano actually signed a stand your ground bill into law in Arizona in 2006 the left doesn’t seem as willing to blame the shooting on this type of law anymore. Stand your ground laws can no longer be pinned solely on radical right wingers who cling to their bible and their guns so it was no longer advantageous for the left to make the claim these laws were at fault in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
So with these two lines of attack dismissed it was time for the left to look for another culprit to lay the blame on in order to make some political hay out of a crisis they didn’t want to go to waste. If it wasn’t a hate crime, and if it wasn’t the stand your ground laws it had to be the gun’s fault, as Bill Crosby said.
And if the gun is to blame for Trayvon Martin’s death this can only lead to one logical conclusion by the leftists–the NRA is to blame for the killing, and so that is who the left is going to attack now that their other theories have been discredited.
Here is what the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently had to say regarding Trayvon Martin’s killing:
Wayne LaPierre at the NRA Convention, in his feeble attempt to deflect the well-deserved blame for putting the gun in George Zimmerman’s hands, had the gall to complain about all the media attention on the Trayvon Martin tragedy
Arming dangerous people just to support a lobby that sells guns. That is shameful. It is immoral. It is almost criminal. That’s why we’re here in D.C., this week, to demand Congress make it abundantly clear whose vision they support – the NRA’s dark, paranoid vision of guns just about anywhere in just about anyone’s hands or our vision – an America where tragedies like ours and the 32 others that will occur today no longer happen
The gun did not kill Trayvon Martin, it was the instrument but George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. The only question is whether or not the shooting was justified or if Zimmerman killed Martin in cold blood. We do not know if Zimmerman was a dangerous man who shouldn’t have had a gun, as the Brady Campaign has claimed, and from all accounts he was a law abiding citizen up until that fateful night. But even if it is shown that Zimmerman was not a man who was responsible enough to carry a weapon that is no reason to attack the NRA or the millions of law abiding citizens who choose to carry a weapon for self defense.
If George Zimmerman is found guilty it is indictment on himself and himself alone–not the NRA or other responsible gun carrying Americans and it should be treated as such and it should not be used as a catalyst for coming after lawful gun carrying Americans in an attempt to pursue a political agenda.
The federal government can take solace in one fact; at least George Zimmerman didn’t purchase this weapon from the federal government in the Fast and Furious scandal, which supplied weapons to thousands of dangerous Hispanics (George Zimmerman is Hispanic after all) at the southern border and led to the deaths of more people than George Zimmerman is responsible for. He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.