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.



I hope that Zimmerman get life for the murder of Trayvon Martin.. OMG! I can't believe that I love me so black people. Come on my friends, you know that I'm a jackass sometimes but, let us join hands to love one of another.


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I have and will always be Reed's gal. That is not "Reed" below, but someone using his name. You have nothing better to do, eh?


@Julie Can't let it go--can ya! You are always looking for Reed. You must be obsessed. Admit it. Hahahaha! You trolls just can't let die. Pathetic. Team 67 just needs to move on, but, of course, you can't, can you. You'll alwasys be trolling. It's in your blood.


I dont think it had anything to do with race or the Stand Your Ground Law. It was an individual's decision. Just as it is to use other people's user names on this site. I have seen Reed write and it's obviously not him below. It also is a shame that people don't understand that the Dispatcher asked specifically what the kid was wearing and all Zimmerman did was answer the question , to think it was a Racial Profile is as idiotic as the kids now trying to show their ass and looking for trouble in 82 degree heat- wearing a Hoodie. Time could be better put to use if Blacks asked themselves the question as to why they commit so much crime. Just like Bill Cosby has told them in the past.


Oh, and with regard to Zimmerman. I don't know the facts any better than anyone else, but the one thing that Cosby does say regarding him, is as a neighborhood watch person, what he should have done, if he suspected Martin was up to something, was contact let the police handle it. If memory serves me, a 911 dispatcher even told him to back off and be continued pursing Martin. I don't believe this was racially motivated, just that Zimmerman took it too far, and intentionally or not, unnecessarily escalated the situation. I think, in the end, he's going to see jail time, as I believe what he did was a crime... going off of what I've read in the mainstream media, so take that for what it's worth.


Mr. Cosby is telling the truth, the power of a gun and the problem of what it can do. Zimmerman knew damn well that he wanted to killed. To me, race play a part in it.

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