*George Zimmerman feels his life is in danger so he wears a disguise or body armor in public. According to his attorney, he doesn’t feel safe without it.
Zimmerman remains in hiding and “can’t go out in public without wearing a disguise or body armor,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN.
Zimmerman admitted to shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He claims that he mistook the teen for a burglar and shot him in self-defense last year February, 26.
In his defense, Zimmerman and his team have been banking on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law that allows people to use lethal force in self-defense.
The trial is set for June. The defense will ask the charges be dropped on the basis of the law.
“George didn’t have an opportunity to retreat, so calling this a ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing in not accurate,” O’Mara also told CNN Wednesday.
Because of this tragic case, the law, which was passed in 2005, is now being contested.
Martin’s parents are currently in the fight for stricter gun laws and more awareness nationwide.
*Second Amendment lunatic, er, advocate and outspoken musician Ted Nugent plans to be front and center at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, tonight.
Ol’ Ted isn’t known to be a quiet church mouse on any issue he thinks needs a good strong voice. He’ll be the guest of Texas Tea Party/GOP Rep. Steve Stockman for the address – yes, they make a great combo.
In a press release obtained by Politico, Stockman stated:
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama. After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”
Since Obama’s been in office, Ted’s been an anti-Obama spokesperson, drawing a lot of attention, from both the media and federal government, for his controversial statements and positions. Nugent drew the Secret Service’s attention when he told an audience attending an April 2012 National Rifle Association convention that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
If we were President Obama, we’d keep one eye on the teleprompter and one the nitwit ‘case he is a certified fool.
*Oh boy, in the midst of all the heated gun regulation debates, an ironic Obama action figure is now on the market, depicting the president as a skeet shooter.
The joke stems from the photo of Obama shooting at the presidential retreat at Camp David (see below).
When The New Republic asked if he had ever shot a gun before, the answer was quite surprising to some.
“Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” Obama told the magazine.
And so now, America will be conflicted with questions about whether or not the president is for more gun restrictions or is a protector of the second amendment.
The new Obama Skeet Shooting President Action Figure went on sale Monday for $19.95. Get ‘em while they’re hot!
*In the heat of gun control debates, VP Joe Biden made an assessment on the issue, opening up the doors to criticism and commentary from people like … T.I.
The Georgia based rapper/actor decided to share his thoughts about the issue. If you recall, T.I. was caught with illegal weapons and therefore has some experience in the area.
He offered to the world that yes, the laws should be revised, but said the blanket ban of guns is the wrong idea.
“I think there should be some adjustments made to the criteria that must be made in order for you to be allowed to have [a gun],” T.I. explained to DJ Buck & Nancy Barrow of Hartford’s 97.3. “The complete overall ban of firearms [is] a bad idea simply because if you do that, then you say the only people who are going to have guns, are the ones willing to break the law to keep them. That means you are putting the guns in the hands of only the criminals.”
America has been enthralled with gun issues over the years, but the issue was brought to front during mass shootings in Colorado and recently at Newtown, Conn. Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Jesse Jackson is repeatedly pressed on the issue of strong gun laws in Chicago.
*It seems that the Fiscal Cliff isn’t the only debate gaining momentum.
There is still the major issue of gun control reform making a segue into 2013, and activists and politicians are choosing sides…well, except Jesse Jackson.
When visiting CNN and asked about the gun control issue, though he gave profound insight into the issue of gun violence, he still avoided the question of whether the gun laws should be more strongly reformed.
Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, hosts discussion on gun control laws
*The debate over gun control has been controversial and confusing. The black community has one of the highest gun homicide rates in the country.
In a report compiled by the Children’s Defense Fund, the statistics show that for 2006-2007, the largest metropolitan areas suffered the most from gun-related homicides.
The report states that 67 percent of 25,423 homicides were gun-related. Also, the report showed that the top cities during that same period with the highest firearm homicide rates were in places like New Orleans, St. Louis, Oakland, Newark, Baltimore, Richmond, Detroit, and more. So, that would insinuate that the black community, which heavily populates these areas, are not having a problem obtaining guns.
But, Columbia University Professor and HuffPost Live host/producer Marc Lamont Hill, feels that the debate on gun control will disenfranchise the black community disproportionately.
He invited Trymaine Lee, a Huffington Post senior reporter, Niger Innis, who heads up the Congress of Racial Equality, Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the conservative radio host Steve Malzburg to the conversation. Hill didn’t find a friend on this debate. (more…)