Over the last several weeks, the shooting of Trayvon Martin has been front and center in the mainstream media and on talk shows, both conservative and liberal. The focus of the coverage has been on the supposed racial divide — fueled in part by the involvement of the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panthers and other “experts” like former heavyweight champion and convicted felon Mike Tyson.
Following close behind the racial overtones of the incident has been the expected effort by the anti-firearms crowd to use the shooting to argue against the laws in Florida and many other states that permit individuals to defend themselves with deadly force if placed in fear of their lives or of severe bodily injury — so-called “stand your ground” laws.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the media frenzy over the incident has been incredibly disingenuous. People seeking to make names for themselves have run in front of television cameras or microphones to make their opinions about the shooting known, no matter how irresponsible their remarks may be.
President Barack Obama, who is a self-proclaimed constitutional law expert, weighed in on the eve of the shooting, claiming strangely that if he had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.” In an utterly idiotic stunt, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) tried to make comments about the shooting from the floor of the House of Representatives wearing a gray hoodie similar to that worn by Martin on the night he was killed.
In such an environment, it is not hard to see how comments and actions like these might fan the flames of political pressure on prosecutors in Florida to take action against George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Martin. Most prosecutors, however, take their sworn duty to follow the facts and the law seriously and don’t cave to political pressure or public cries for “action” and jump in and level serious charges based on such factors.
Read More at The Daily Caller. By Bob Barr.
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