Saturday, March 24, 2012

Guns Don't Kill People. Associations Do.

The lonesome death of Trayvon Martin has prompted me to wonder why.

Why did George Zimmerman shoot a 17 year-old kid strolling down the road, minding his own business?

I've followed the chain of causation from that gated community in Florida back to its original link.

The chain leads to the doorsteps of a handful of pro-gun associations.

It's no secret: associations, when sufficiently funded and mobilized, are powerful packagers and pushers of legislation.

In this case, the legislation sold by those associations promotes and protects vigilantism.

I'm no "criminal coddler," but vigilantism isn't ground I can stand on, or for, or behind.

We all should tremble when the National Rifle Association, the Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights want to talk bullet points.
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