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From the beginning, people who would ban all private guns if they could have used the George Zimmerman case to push their agenda.
They push on two fronts: First, they argue that Zimmerman’s 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, who had no gun, demonstrates that guns are an unmitigated evil.
Second, the antigun lobby is using the case to agitate for the repeal of “stand your ground” laws, which are on the books in many states.
It is hard to see how this case, in which Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter, condemns gun ownership or concealed carry. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense. The prosecution was unable to impeach that claim. It’s true that Martin had no gun and Zimmerman did.
For many people, this in itself proves that Zimmerman used his gun unjustifiably, hence demonstrating that guns are bad per se.
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