Bill Cosby on Trayvon Martin Case: Blame Gun Ownership

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Bill Cosby has weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case, but NOT on the subject of race.

The famed comedian told the Washington Times that firearms in the wrong hands are the problem, and that neighborhood watch volunteers like George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the unarmed teen, should not be allowed to carry guns.

"We've got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch," Cosby said in his first public remarks about the case.

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"Without a gun, I don't see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself," Cosby added. "The power-of-the-gun mentality had this man feeling unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations.

"When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody."

The Cosby Show star's remarks were immediately circulated on the Web, including some sites that take issue with Cosby's pinpointing a gun as the problem.

The 74-year-old steered clear of mentioning race in a case that has sparked allegations of racial profiling and a nationwide debate over self-defense laws.

Prosecutors charged Zimmerman with murder last week after police initially did not arrest him following the February 26 shooting death of Martin.

The Trayvon Martin case became a national obsession shortly thereafter, with the public calling for justice and questioning Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

Cosby, who has a doctorate degree in education, is known for his outspoken views on responsible parenting, education and personal accountability.

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lets see the results Zimmerman:had a gun,followed a person,killed a person
martin:ice tea,bag of skittles,and dead. zimmerman goes too jail

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Blaming the gun for killing is JUST LIKE blaming the spoon for making Rosie O'Donnell FAT!!!

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Last year in England there were 41 deaths due to gunshots and America there were Over 9000. Speaks volumes about how easy it is to shoot someone carry a baseball bat around if u need to feel safe.

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Its true that guns dont fire themselves. Guns are fired by unstable people. Unstable people will use whatever is in their disposal, if they can not find a gun - they'll use a stone or a knife or a stick. They may still kill but not as easily and not as many. They may come across an illegal gun but thats really rare. How many of the school shootings for instance used an unregistered gun? Think about it. The system could never fully weed out the psychos.

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I am over all this Crap with this case, the man has been arrested, Let this kid RIP, AND MOVE THE HELL ON WITH LIFE!!!!!! Oh and I am sick of all the ''RACIST'' Comments since the kid was killed!!!!! who the hell cares what the color was, he was murdered, justice will be done!!

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Piss off you idiot black, no body wants your stupid comment except in afriCON, go back. It is proverbial that black gas to be stupid, this race do not grow in wisdom as it is written on your Bible: "Stupidity screams in the streets". So need to be gun down, for black holes and smoky holes are well explained by NASA/JPL. Piss off cosby.

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I believe guns DO give some people a sense of power, a feeling they normally wouldn't have without it. And 'some people' might take risks they normally wouldn't due to reliance on a firearm. I carry a gun for my job and that comes with a huge responsibility. And lots of training. This guy had a gun and, it seems, zero intermediate skills. Take the gun away, would he have been so bold in pursuing Trayvon?

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I carry a pistol everywhere I go. I have NO desire to use it...EVER. But I am prepared to defend myself, if necessary.

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I like Bill, but this time hes half baked...guns for self defense are Ok, but guns for ppl supposedly watching for ppl that might harm someone else, not ok?? Why are ppl looking for generalizations anyways? maybe this isnt about race or guns, just a loopy guy that took the law into his own hands and went too far. Blacks murder whites (and other blacks) all the time, and its not like ppl look for some deep meaning from it.

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@ NIKKI MINAJI- Are you calling someone else a Hoe? From the looks of your deep pocketed ASS you could relate!