Vice President Biden has waded into the Trayvon Martin controversy by calling for a national debate on gun control; meanwhile the Brady Campaign continues its shameless publicity campaign with a truly disgusting “Americans for the Freedom to Buy Skittles Without Getting Shot” petition. The Vice President seeks to capitalize politically on the teenager’s tragic death, while the Brady Campaign tries to bring in supporters and cold hard cash. While neither of these efforts should surprise anyone, it is an indication of how far the Administration and the anti-gun lobby are willing to go.
It is truly amazing that Vice President Biden would go on national television to discuss anything relating to gun control given that President Obama and the Justice Department are embroiled in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. As the Breitbart article points out: no matter what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed, Florida’s gun laws had nothing to do with the incident. It makes little sense to try and stir up a gun control debate where one doesn’t exist. This is especially so in the Vice President’s case when the Administration has so little credibility on the issue.
As for the Brady Campaign, this is really nothing new. As previously reported here, this organization is never one to shy away from exploiting death. It is the modus operendi of the anti-gun lobby to take a tragedy and use slick marketing and hyperbolic media pronouncements to try and distort and distract from the real issues. The Brady Campaign does this better than most, and the shooting of Trayvon Martin is the most recent example. However, the Brady Campaign’s influence has certainly waned in recent years, especially as more and more citizens realize that true personal liberty lies in the Second Amendment. The slow descent of the anti-gun organization is also due to its loss of credibility, which takes a hit every time it takes a death like Trayvon Martin and treats it so flippantly.
If George Zimmerman acted in self defense for fear of his life, then he acted in accordance with Florida law as well as hundreds of years of common law precedence. If he didn’t and he killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood, then he will pay the price. We will not know which side of the law Mr. Zimmerman was on until the case runs its course; and in fact, we may never know the ultimate truth.
What we do know is that the Vice President of the United States should have held his tongue in the face of his own administration’s handling of the Fast and Furious scandal. He should know that his words carry more weight given his office; and he should know that politicizing this tragedy will not do anyone any good.
As for the Brady Campaign, they do know better. Unfortunately, they can’t help themselves.