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Trayvon Martin: Why isn't anyone talking about guns?

Updated on April 1, 2012

This speaks for itself.

Why is America so Paranoid?

The 800lb elephant in the room that no one is talking about in the Trayvon Martin case are lax gun laws in the United States. The reasons no one is talking about guns are numerous. For politicians, it is a dangerous topic because this is an election year. The gun lobby is too strong and powerful to go up against in an election year. Liberals are not talking about it, well I do not know why liberal are not talking about it. Conservatives are leaving it alone because carrying guns is not important in this case, because under the Florida statute, George Zimmerman had the right to have a gun.

I personally do not care if George Zimmerman is a racist. I do not care if he is half Hispanic. I personally don’t think that Zimmerman will ever be convicted. These things are not the point to me. The Trayvon Martin shooting is greater than all of those things for me. First, it is about a history of inequality for African American males in American society. Secondly, it is about this insane idea that more guns on the street are good for the American people. Thirdly, it is about the paranoia that causes us all to want guns in the first place.

Whether it is black-on-white crime, black-on-black crime, white-on-black crime, white-on-white crime (which there is more of) or blue-on-green crime, America has too many guns. My father is a hunter. I grew up in East Texas and could shoot a gun before I could ride a bike. I am not saying that we should get rid of all guns. I am saying that we need to stop and look at a culture where over 13,000 people die each year because of bullets. My belief is this, if George Zimmerman had not had a handgun that night, he would have stayed in his car and let the police do their job. Instead, encouraged by his ability to ‘protect himself’, he followed this young man and set into action a chain of events that ended with a gunshot and life taken away.

We can talk about all the things that Zimmerman did wrong and we can talk about how Trayvon’s reaction may have escalated the situation, but the truth remains, had Zimmerman not had a gun, we would not be having this conversation at all.

With no expectation of gun violence, neighbors who heard the altercation would have come outside to help. Without that gun, the police would have arrived to stop Zimmerman’s and Trayvon’s fight. And no one can tell me how a fight between and armed adult and an unarmed 17-year-old is fair. According to the FBI, the largest two groups that are killed by gun violence in America are African American and Caucasian males. The irony in this is that African American males only make up about 12% of the population.

Finally, more guns have made Americans more paranoid. All you have to do is look at the comments on blogs about this case and you can see the paranoia. It is always interesting to read the comments of Europeans and their dismay at American’s and their guns. We are fourth behind the likes of South Africa, Thailand, and Columbia in deaths attributed to gunfire.

Since the advent of these “Stand your Ground Laws” justifiable homicide “claims” have tripled in the state of Florida alone. One case I heard about was of two men driving down the freeway shooting at each other and they both claimed they were standing their ground. Trayvon Martin gets all the ink but the case of Brandon Baker is just as insane. Baker and his brother were coming home from a party when a security guard started following them. They stopped in three cars, Brandon Baker ends up being pepper sprayed and then shot and killed by the guard.

Even in the days of the old West, which we are quickly returning too, they understood that guns in town brought trouble. Many towns had people turn in their side arms before they even entered town. We have returned to insanity. Trayvon Martin is dead, but we can best honor his memory by changing the laws that put him in his grave.


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      Tom 5 years ago

      The 800lb gorilla in the room is why does everyone treat the Trayvon Martin case like a hate crime, yet numerous black on white crimes are not treated in the same way? The other 800lb gorilla in the room is the appalling lack of coverage when a gun is used to thwart a violent crime. Guns are equalizers that provide more protection than they ever offer in threats.

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      Bowie 5 years ago

      Hi guys! thanks for covering this story and mentioning Brandon Baker. We have started a site to try to raise awareness about his case and bring his killer to justice. If you could take the time to check out the site and sign the petition at that would be great! And if you have the time to share the link with your friends, that would be even greater! Thanks again, and great article!

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      tmarie423 5 years ago

      Great Hub!

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      CaryBoy 5 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      I am sorry but the 800lb elephant in the room regarding the Trayvon Martin is not guns, more guns, or less guns; instead it is racism. If this story was about black on black crime or Hispanic on Hispanic crime or white on white crime it would not have even made a blimp on the media map. Until we can solve this problem it will haunt us. In 1963 I marched with Dr. King for racial equality because I believe everyone is equal. Unfortunately, since that time things have gotten worse and not better. Opportunities have been squandered for handouts. As long as the Al Sharpton attitude is paramount to the black race, there will be nothing but trouble and strife. At some point in your life you must hold yourself accountable. Also, when we let the stupid media pundits sort out our affairs everyone loses.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Old saying: An armed society is a polite society. And that's true most of the time. Look up Kennesaw, Georgia on politically correct Wikipedia. That town actively encourages its residents to keep firearms in the home.

      Surprise, surprise! Their crime rate is considerably less than the national average. I wonder why.

      There will always be Type 1 tragedies, in which a violent criminal breaks into a home and kills innocent unarmed people. And there will always be a smaller number of Type 2 tragedies, in which the Zimmermans of this world go postal.

      Trayvon's tragedy death is mostly about a violent, rage-aholic control freak. He may or may not have had an initial murderous intent. Nevertheless he went out armed and looking for trouble. A secondary part of the story is about a red-neck police chief who was time-warped out of the 1950s.

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      Jack Burton 5 years ago from The Midwest

      Probably no one is talking about guns because the public has finally found out that the chicken littles who proclaim public disaster over guns have been proven wrong time after time after time.

      You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the American people all of the time. And the foolishness of those who blame the gun for what happened is now readily apparent.

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      Kristen Haynie 5 years ago from Modesto, CA

      Great hub! It's nice to see people sharing their opinions on important matters in such a well-articulated manner! I think you're right; that situation would have ended up a lot differently if that gun had not been present. I also think that not just anyone should be able to legally own a gun. I worry, though, that if it's not legal to own a gun, law-abiding people will not have a way to defend themselves against those who have them illegally. Because no matter how strict gun rules are, they will ALWAYS be there. And people like Zimmerman may be so convinced that he needs to protect and defend that he'd get an illegal weapon, in which case the problem still remains. But maybe they would have at least taken him in for illegal firearm possession, if nothing else.