Would Stricter Gun Laws Have Prevented Trayvon Martin Shooting? Mayor Mike Sure Thinks So

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg yesterday said at a press conference that stricter gun laws could have prevented the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen killed last month by a wannabe cop/neighborhood watch volunteer.

"Your heart just has to go out to the parents," Bloomberg said at a press conference yesterday morning in Brooklyn. "I guess you pray for the deceased, but this really struck a nerve with a lot of people across the country. I think what you see here and we should be perfectly clear about this: The gun lobby is writing our nation's gun laws."

"It's a disgrace," Bloomberg added. "They write them in Washington, they write them in state capitals.  And the result is that our children are being killed, our police officers are being killed, you and I and are families are in danger, in greater danger than we should be."


(Note: we did not attend the press conference. Clips were shown on various news outlets, including NY1).

We're not gun people, but it should be noted that Bloomberg is an anti-gun activist, who tends to throw gun legislation into every conversation that involves gun violence.

Bloomberg's the same guy who said that if former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced to anything less than the 3 1/2-year minimum prison sentence for possessing an unregistered gun (and accidentally shooting himself with it), it would be "a mockery of the law."

Bloomberg's also the same guy who's been noticeably silent about a former U.S. marine who was given a slap on the wrist (10 hours community service) for also possessing a gun that's not registered in New York.

The mayor's office has conveniently ignored our request for comment in the case of the marine -- we want to know if his sentence also is a "mockery of the law" in the eyes of the mayor, as other politicians have argued that the charges against the marine should have been dropped completely.

See our post on Bloomberg's crickets here.

Again, we're not gun people...at all. But a lot of people are -- and the Second Amendment aside, those people will make the argument that guns didn't kill Martin, George Zimmerman, a peculiar, wannabe cop did.

We want to know what you think, though: would stricter gun laws have prevented Martin's death?

Cast your vote below.


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Mac
Mac

As a combat veteran (Viet Nam) I can assure you, the only people who benefit from more gun control are the bad guys (and that includes wan-a-be dictators like Bloomberg, Obama, et al). Good people, regardless of color, national origin or political persuasion (yes many liberals are actually pro gun and support the second amendment to our constitution) hurt no one with their weapons while the bad guys could care about any law restricting their possession or use of a weapon; to them more gun control equals more unarmed victims.

NYVoter
NYVoter

"I remember when the case against the Duke lacrosse team was “complicated” by the fact that they didn’t do what they were accused of doing. That sure was “complicated.” Maybe that’s the case with George Zimmerman too, or maybe he’s exactly who and what a lot of people are trying to make him out to be. The point is that we don’t know yet."

 http://dailycaller.com/2012/03...

AL SHARPTON SUCKS COCK
AL SHARPTON SUCKS COCK

tyravon was a scumbag looking for trouble---and that's what he got.

NY TIMES IS AN EVIL RACIST TABLOID.

arbie
arbie

It's beginning to look like Trayvon wasn't the "angelic good son" that the media & family have been portraying.Let's wait until all the chickens come home to roost.

John Swire
John Swire

We have gun control in the UK, which is one reason why our country has fewer murders than New York State, with three times the population. It's highly unlikely that Zimmerman would have had a gun if he was operating here. And if even if he had accosted and killed Trayvon without a gun here, he would probably be in prison right now.

But since the UK was not founded on the right to bear arms, there's no philosophical objection to gun control here; we don't regard the right to bear firearms as a basic freedom that we we have been deprived of. There is no route to effective gun control in the US because there can be no national (or state) consensus for it, however many kids are killed on their way home from the store. They will continue to be the collateral damage of that freedom.

F_Randy_Hullabaloo
F_Randy_Hullabaloo

See Paul Krugman's column about ALEC and look up ALEC Exposed to see where some of the worst legislation originates. 

Logan
Logan

This guy is so wrong, we need more guns to stop crime. "You and I and are families are in danger, in greater danger than we should be." Me, in danger? I'll be put in more danger if you confiscate my guns. More guns equals less crime.

Sporkandspindy
Sporkandspindy

Yep, because all children who aren't "angelic good sons" deserve to be shot dead in cold blood, is that what you're saying, you piece of offal?

Epac
Epac

And that means he deserved to die? Even if he was an escaped convict, he didn't deserve to get shot.

Hullabalaughter
Hullabalaughter

The US wasn't founded on the "right to bear arms" either; this is an amendment to the Constitution to support militias in the absence of a standing army, which the US has many times over. But hey, what's with a bit of history and rationality entering the picture? Guns, guns, and more guns, wheeeeeeee!!!!!!!

Rademacher
Rademacher

Exactly. I think even toddlers should be equipped with submachine guns, and the perfect junior school present would be a Tech 9, with about 50 reloadable clips. Just think of how wonderful it would have been had Trayvon had a Kaleshnikov. As soon as that Zimmerman beast started following him, scaring the daylights out of him, he could have opened fire to protect himself. I know you and everyone other gunlover would have defended Trayvon. Right? Right?

Awilson3140
Awilson3140

 @ Logan--You are so right- It is very unfortunate what happened to Trayvon, and it is not up to me to determine what happens to the man who shot him--But it is up to me to protect my loved ones and myself--Nothing would be more devastating than to be sitting in a public place and be faced with a gunman shooting everyone and being totally unable to protect my children or grandchildren, or anyone else's in that matter--  It is very sad it has come to this, but we live in a really violent world at the moment, it has become overwhelming for the courts and law enforcement and we are no longer protected by them......It's the people who do not properly educate themselves regarding weapons that are jeopardizing the safety of those who do.......

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