Zimmerman Verdict: Blame the Gun
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jul 15, 2013
Forget ‘guns don’t kill people.’ After George Zimmerman was acquitted, the former ‘Seinfeld’ actor said Zimmerman never would have pursued Trayvon Martin without a loaded gun in his pocket.
Although he is best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld’s self-absorbed sidekick George Costanza, Jason Alexander has been in the news recently for a quite different reason: his ardent support of gun control. The veteran actor got both the blogosphere and mainstream news organizations to sit up and take note a little over a year ago with a 1,700-word rant after a gunman shot up an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater with an assault rifle, killing 12 and injuring scores more.
The target of his latest exposition is George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Alexander took to TwitLonger on July 14 to express his frustration with Florida’s now much-debated Stand Your Ground law and Zimmerman decision to loaded weapon.
“Emboldened by the gun in his pocket, he exited his vehicle and pursued Martin in some way. And now we have the end result,” writes Alexander, who says he respects both the jury and its verdict.“Would Zimmerman have pursued if he did not have that gun his pocket? Who knows. I believe he would not. He certainly would not have put himself in a situation where there would be a confrontation. The gun in his pocket is what caused this death. Without it, this would not have gone down this way.”
Alexander’s point is essentially the inverse of gun advocates’ well-worn adage “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Without the gun, at least in Alexander’s mind, Zimmerman probably wouldn’t have felt safe enough to follow Martin, even if the neighborhood-watch volunteer thought he was just observing someone he believed to be an intruder.
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