Hillary Clinton is pushing gun control by describing Trayvon Martin as a young man who simply “went to a cornerstore, bought a pack of skittles..and his life was cut short” by gun violence.
In reality, a jury found that George Zimmerman shot Martin to death in self-defense on February 26, 2012, after Martin attacked Zimmerman during his walk back from the corner store. Moreover, a subsequent federal inquiry into the shooting death of Martin also found no grounds upon which to bring charges against Zimmerman for his actions.
Yet Clinton described Martin as an innocent bystander, killed by random gun violence.
When I think about keeping Americans safe, obviously I think about terrorism. But I also want to protect Americans from the epidemic of gun violence that is stalking our country. I cannot come to Sanford without talking about Trayvon Martin. It’s heartbreaking that this young man–all he did was go to a cornerstone, bought a pack of Skittles and walked back home in the rain. And his life was cut short.
I have had the great honor of getting to know his mother, Sybrina Fulton, and many of the mothers who have lost their children to gun violence. And what I have been so impressed by is how they have taken this mountain of grief and decided to do everything they could to protect the children of other mothers and fathers.
Clinton went on to say, “Something is wrong when young people just starting their lives are dying.” She then entered into an all-out gun control push, which included references to the Bible and assurances that “there is no conflict the Second Amendment and commonsense [gun control] measures.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.