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Does the NRA Want African-American Men to Stand Their Ground?

Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:14 By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed

Trayvon Martin Rally.(Photo: Werth Media / Flickr)On the night of February 26th, 2012, what did Trayvon Martin need that he didn’t have?

A loaded gun!

After all, as the NRA pointed out earlier this week, having access to a gun and being able to “stand your ground” is a human right.

In response to Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments about “Stand Your Ground” laws to the NAACP on Tuesday, the NRA released a statement, saying in part that, “The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it’s a fundamental human right. To send a message that legitimate self-defense is to blame is unconscionable, and demonstrates once again that this administration will exploit tragedies to push their political agenda.”

And as the NRA’s 2-million-dollars-per-year spokesman Wayne Little Peter – excuse me, LaPierre - has said, “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”

On the night of February 26th, 2012, both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin felt threatened.

Zimmerman’s lawyers proved that with the pictures of his bloody head and nose, and with the verdict in the case.

And, it’s safe to assume that Trayvon Martin had a legitimate fear about dying since he ended up dead. What greater proof of fear for one’s death is there than being dead?

So for young black men like Trayvon Martin who are being constantly profiled and stalked by “creepy ass crackers” like George Zimmerman, what’s the solution?

Isn’t it obvious?

Give them a gun!

And pro-gun rights fanatics like Ted Nugent, Rick Perry and the late Charlton Heston all agree – right?

Surely these guys aren’t just talking about, and showing us, how great guns are only for white people.

If the NRA is serious about the right to bear arms, and serious about the right of self-defense being a “human right,” then the group needs to announce a new program immediately, complete with a website that takes donations of both money and guns to give to young African-Americans.

Only then, when an African-American male is profiled and stalked by creepy white men in the United States will he, too, have the ability to “stand his ground.”

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Does the NRA Want African-American Men to Stand Their Ground?

Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:14 By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed

Trayvon Martin Rally.(Photo: Werth Media / Flickr)On the night of February 26th, 2012, what did Trayvon Martin need that he didn’t have?

A loaded gun!

After all, as the NRA pointed out earlier this week, having access to a gun and being able to “stand your ground” is a human right.

In response to Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments about “Stand Your Ground” laws to the NAACP on Tuesday, the NRA released a statement, saying in part that, “The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it’s a fundamental human right. To send a message that legitimate self-defense is to blame is unconscionable, and demonstrates once again that this administration will exploit tragedies to push their political agenda.”

And as the NRA’s 2-million-dollars-per-year spokesman Wayne Little Peter – excuse me, LaPierre - has said, “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”

On the night of February 26th, 2012, both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin felt threatened.

Zimmerman’s lawyers proved that with the pictures of his bloody head and nose, and with the verdict in the case.

And, it’s safe to assume that Trayvon Martin had a legitimate fear about dying since he ended up dead. What greater proof of fear for one’s death is there than being dead?

So for young black men like Trayvon Martin who are being constantly profiled and stalked by “creepy ass crackers” like George Zimmerman, what’s the solution?

Isn’t it obvious?

Give them a gun!

And pro-gun rights fanatics like Ted Nugent, Rick Perry and the late Charlton Heston all agree – right?

Surely these guys aren’t just talking about, and showing us, how great guns are only for white people.

If the NRA is serious about the right to bear arms, and serious about the right of self-defense being a “human right,” then the group needs to announce a new program immediately, complete with a website that takes donations of both money and guns to give to young African-Americans.

Only then, when an African-American male is profiled and stalked by creepy white men in the United States will he, too, have the ability to “stand his ground.”

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