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.
“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.
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.