President Obama is milking Trayvon Martin’s death for all he can — first to stir up racial division and now to get more gun-control laws. After the Florida jury rightly decided that George Zimmerman was not guilty of murder when defending himself against the teenager’s physical assault, Mr. Obama called for overturning “stand your ground” laws in the states.
“If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?” Mr. Obama asked rhetorically in an unscheduled appearance in the White House Briefing Room on July 19. “And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”
The president also questioned whether these state laws “are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than defuse potential altercations, if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation.”