Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wasted no time exploiting the outcome of the George Zimmerman case to push an anti-gun agenda on his Facebook page Sunday, joining other gun prohibitionists including President Barack Obama who are capitalizing on public emotion to call for new gun control efforts, with the mayor playing the race card.
McGinn’s Facebook posting asserts, “’Stand Your Ground’ laws and those that create a permissive gun culture are indefensible. More troubling is the racial profiling of Trayvon Martin. Together it is a recipe for tragedy. We have much work to do.”
Even Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, is going after Stand Your Ground (SYG) in his demand Saturday night that Eric Holder’s Justice Department pursue federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. Jealous quickly tried to ramp up the Left’s anger by stating, “I know I am not alone in my outrage, anger, and heartbreak over this decision. When a teenager’s life is taken in cold blood, and there is no accountability for the man who killed him, nothing seems right in the world, but we cannot let these emotions alone rule…
“And,” he added, “perhaps most importantly, not a single state has passed a ‘stand your ground’ law in 2013 — the first time in eight years — because we refuse to let the memory of Trayvon fade from the hearts and minds of America.”
This column essentially predicted that the Justice Department would wade into the Zimmerman case if he won acquittal. Fox News is now reporting that this is coming true.
The NAACP is running an on-line petition for action by the Justice Department.
President Obama’s Sunday statement about the trial’s outcome included this remark: “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.”
The aftermath of the Zimmerman case has been discussed on virtually all of the Northwest gun rights forums, and it got so heated in some cases – including Defensive Carry.com – that nearly every conversation has been shut down by the moderators and no new Zimmerman threads will be allowed. Conversations are continuing at Seattle Guns (here and here), Northwest Firearms, WaGuns and even the Hunting Washington forum.
Zimmerman will reportedly get his pistol back. That is as it should be under the law, along with his Florida carry license. He was found “not guilty.” The same thing would happen in Washington in a self-defense case where, if a person is charged and is exonerated on the grounds of self-defense, the defendant is allowed to resume his life.
But McGinn, the president and others on the Left are still after some kind of victory out of this case. Their agenda was not satisfied by a “guilty” verdict, so they will use Zimmerman’s acquittal to attack the SYG concept.
Here in Washington, SYG is not specifically delineated in statute, but instead is enshrined in court rulings – including those of the State Supreme Court – dating back decades. The Left hates SYG because it enables crime victims to fight back, and that includes the use of lethal force where warranted.
The Zimmerman case is far from over. One might consider Saturday night’s verdict just the end of Round One.