Sunday (April 15) on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Bill Cosby says a gun — not race — was to blame for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s death in February. Guns are an issue that hits close to home for Cosby, as his own son, Ennis, was shot and killed in 1997 while changing a flat tire.
“I’m a person who believes that that gun, the gun, all around this United States, when a person has a gun, sometimes their mind clicks that this thing is — it will win arguments and straighten people out. And then in the wrong hands, in the wrong mind, it’s death,” Cosby tells Candy Crowley. “It’s wounding people, people who don’t have money to buy a decent meal for themselves, yet, someone will put an illegal gun in their hand.”
The Florida teen was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who says he shot Martin in self defense. Martin was unarmed at the time. Zimmerman has since been charged with second-degree murder. Some have speculated that racial profiling is to blame for the shooting, but Cosby disagrees.
“How are you going to solve a race issue when it becomes … he said-he said? And the other question is, what is solved by saying he’s a racist, that’s why he shot the boy? What solves that?” Cosby says. “It doesn’t make any difference if he’s a racist or not racist. If he is scared to death and not a racist, it’s still a confrontational provoking of something.”
Do you agree with Cosby?