Sheldon Richman on Why the Zimmerman Case Is No Grounds for Gun Control


Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel

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. But as Sheldon Richman explains, those arguments fall apart upon closer examination.