I thought about entitling this article, “Obama ignores death threats to Zimmerman while using “not guilty” verdict to push for more gun control” but the hypocrisy in our presidents statements just stood out too much.
President Obama issued a statement about the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday that simply screams hypocrisy. While the president has been careful not to say too much about the case, when the verdict was issued on Sunday his true thoughts came out, and it provides a revealing glimpse into how the anti-gun community plans to use Zimmerman as a push for more gun control.
“I know this case has elicited strong passions,” said the president, who stirred those passions last March with an emotional claim that “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Apart from that last statement having no relevance whatsoever, it showed our presidents bias in this case. I thought the president’s next statement was actually a great one, and one that every American should heed.
“I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son,”
His short statement began by declaring that “the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.”
Ok, now brace yourself for some blatant hypocrisy. You should notice a problem with the president’s next statement:
“We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin,” Obama said.
Yes, you read that correctly. After calling for the nation to remember that we are a nation of laws and a jury has spoken, Obama uses the Zimmerman case to talk about “gun violence”. Wait a minute, I thought the jury’s verdict was “not guilty”, which means that Zimmerman had to use his gun in self-defense. Is the defensive use of a gun now considered gun violence?
With the failure of federal gun control laws to be pushed through congress, it looks like President Obama is trying to now use what has been considered by our nation of laws to be a case of self defense to push for civilian disarmament. What else can really be taken from these statements here unless our president really doesn’t believe the jury’s verdict. In that case then the statement “But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken” can be thrown out the window.
So what did the president NOT mention? How about the thousands of death threats that Zimmerman faces every day. He did not once call for those “strong passions” to stop calling for revenge on Zimmerman’s life. In fact, the man whom a jury found to be defending himself from getting his head bashed into the concrete was not once mentioned.
While some groups are actually calling for the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law to be erased from the law books, the defense actually did not use this argument at all. They simply claimed it was an act of self-defense which is legal in any state. Yes, you don’t have to let someone beat you to death if you can actually stop it.
It should not be that surprising that our president is using a DGU (defensive gun use) to push for more gun control. After all, he has used the families of the Sandy Hook shootings as a backdrop for every criticism of unconstitutional gun laws.