Bill Cosby says the debate about the killing of Trayvon Martin should be about guns NOT race
Daily Mail UK: Bill Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, should be focused on guns, not race.
In an interview on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’, Cosby said calling Zimmerman a racist doesn’t solve anything. Cosby says the bigger question is what he was doing with a gun, and who taught him how to behave with it.
‘What is solved by saying, ‘He’s a racist, that’s why he shot the boy’?’ he said.
Cosby, who first spoke out about the shooting of the 17-year-old earlier in the month, said in the interview: ‘When a person has a gun, sometimes their mind clicks, that this thing will win arguments and straighten people out.‘ ‘I’m not saying you can’t have it in your home to protect yourself… you’ve got to protect yourself in your own home,’ he argued.
‘But I also believe that when you tell me that you are going to protect the hood that I live in, I don’t want you to have a gun,’ he said. ‘I want you to be able to see something, report it and get out of the way.‘
Cosby, whose own son was shot dead in Los Angeles in 1997, said during the interview that he once owned a gun but no longer does. The 74-year-old entertainer reiterated the need to get guns off the streets, and said that people should be taught to use every possible alternative before shooting someone.
Earlier in the month Cosby questioned why neighborhood watch volunteers, like Zimmerman, are allowed to carry guns.
‘Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself,’ he told the Washington Post. ‘The power-of-the-gun mentality had him unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations.‘
‘When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody.’
Mr. Cosby sure does make some wild assumptions of gun owners. Of those I know that own guns, their prayer is always that they NEVER have to shoot someone. But when there is an emergency – such as an intruder in your home, office, church, or car – you are armed to protect yourself and/or fellow citizens.
If Mr. Cosby’s son was carrying a gun he might have been able to protect himself, even though he wasn’t in his own home.
He wants to get guns off the streets? Well, in a perfect world criminals wouldn’t have guns. We don’t live in a perfect world.
Lastly, when seconds count, the police are minutes away. I’d rather rely on my Second Amendment right to protect me than wait for the cops to rescue me.