By David Codrea.
Well I know what’s right, I got just one life… But I’ll stand my ground and I won’t back down—Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne.
Agenda-driven opportunists are in frenzied blood-dance mode following the shooting death of a Florida teenager. Due to the different races of the shooter, George Zimmerman, referred to by The New York Times as a “white Hispanic,” and the slain African-American youth, Trayvon Martin, the ugly element of racism has been injected into the debate and exploited to frightening proportions.
National “leaders” like Jesse Jackson have repeated the “No justice, no peace” mantra associated a generation earlier with the Los Angeles riots. Al Sharpton has escalated calls for “civil disobedience.” And the New Black Panther Party has put out a $10,000 bounty for the capture of Zimmerman—who, at this writing has been charged with no crime, making that kidnapping and the offer actionable under “Conspiracy against Rights” statutes—not that Eric Holder’s Justice Department has shown inclination to investigate anyone but the man claiming self-defense.
Irrelevant “celebrities” have also done their part to gin up mob frenzy. Director Spike Lee, of “Shoot [Charlton Heston] with a .44 Bulldog” notoriety, sent what he thought was Zimmerman’s home address to his 250,000 followers on the Twitter social media website, only to find out he had the wrong address and had terrorized an elderly couple out of their home. Not to be outdone, “comedienne” Roseanne Barr (endorsed by the Green Party Black Caucus for President) “tweeted” the address of Zimmerman’s parents.
Some “representatives” were quick to note a political gold mine. Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to the Justice Department asking them to investigate “Stand Your Ground” laws. Former Black Panther and current Rep. Bobby Rush violated House rules by speaking to the chamber wearing a “hoodie” jacket—ironically, the headline “Hoodie-Wearing Gunmen Kill 1, Wound 5 in Bobby Rush’s Chicago District” appeared shortly thereafter. And H.RES.612 has been introduced “…urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law…”
The Brady Campaign and their lesser clones also sensed a windfall, claiming “Weak gun laws killed Trayvon Martin.” A sympathetic media has been more than happy to do its talking point-parroting part, with all kinds of headlines blaming “Stand Your Ground,” even while it’s unclear at this writing if Florida’s law played any part in what has so far been regarded by authorities as self-defense. And while some maintain “justifiable homicides” have increased since the law was passed, they neglect to mention that there’s no real measurement to determine if the statute was invoked—and also fail to acknowledge that killings by police have also risen dramatically, and account for the majority of incidents.
What we’re seeing in terms of strategy on the part of doctrinaire anti-gunners is nothing new. They’ve always exploited anecdotal tragedies to whip up emotions, and then used that to go after our rights. The important thing here is not to be drawn into the racist hysteria, and to keep informed, engaged and on guard.
The important thing here is to stand your ground. And don’t back down.