The Detroit City Council evidently decided last week that it was competent to productively weigh in on the question of whether or not George Zimmerman’s exercise of his right of self-defense in Florida constituted a violation of Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. From the Detroit Free Press:
The Detroit City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution calling for a federal investigation to see whether civil rights charges are warranted against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted July 13 of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
As the Washington Examiner notes, by the time this resolution came up, the federal investigation, by the Department of “Justice,” into the possibility of such a violation, was already well underway, but the redundancy of the resolution might be the least of its problems. What business, one might reasonably ask, does Detroit have with a case over 1,000 miles away? Taking it further, one might ask why Detroit’s mentally incompetent municipal government should have any say about any self-defense issues, anywhere?
“Mentally incompetent?” you ask–isn’t that a bit harsh? Well no–not, at least, by the standards of federal law. As noted in Politico, federal law has long held that any veteran who cannot effectively manage his finances without help is a “danger to himself and/or others,” and is thus “incompetent” to own a firearm:
The legislation would overturn a section of the law that prohibits veterans who are unable to manage their finances from obtaining a firearm. The bill maintains a 1990s gun restriction on veterans found to be a danger to themselves and others.
The legislation referred to above, that would repeal the “disarm every veteran who can’t balance a checkbook without help” law has still not passed, more than four years after that article was written, and “gun control” zealots still brand anyone who tries to overturn that law as monsters in favor of veterans killing themselves and/or others.
But wait a second–if any entity can be described as “unable to manage its financial affairs,” the Detroit government would have to be high on the list, would it not? And yet not only has that very same government taken it upon itself to comment on self-defense in Florida, it also commands a large police force, with thousands of guns, most of them fed from dreaded “high capacity” magazines.
Is the nation really to be expected to take seriously Detroit’s views on how to minimize the number of deaths by gunshot among young African-American men?
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