Bill Cosby: See It, Report It, Get Out Of The Way

Bill Cosby knows all too well the power a gun in the wrong hands can hold. The actor and comedian, whose son Ennis was shot and killed in 1997, weighs in on guns and the Trayvon Martin case.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby knows firsthand what it's like to lose a son. The beloved Cosby Show star, whose son Ennis was shot and killed in 1997, has a perspective few can match on both guns and the Trayvon Martin case.

Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Bill Cosby shared that he believes guns are to blame for the death of Trayvon Martin, not racism. "I'm a person who believes that that gun, the gun [is to blame]. When a person has a gun, sometimes their mind clicks that this thing… will win arguments and straighten people out. And then in the wrong hands, in the wrong mind, it's death."

George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in February during a neighborhood watch, has been charged with second-degree murder. Although Bill Cosby's own son was shot and killed 15 years ago while changing a flat tire, the comedian rejects the idea Martin's murder was racially motivated.

"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 said. "This [forms hand into shape of gun and motions with it] -- and what is [Zimmerman] doing with it and who taught him and told him how to behave with this, 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."

Speaking of guns, the 74-year-old continued, "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."

To those who want to keep a gun in their homes in an effort to protect their family and neighborhood, Bill Cosby, once a gun owner himself, said, "When you tell me that you're going to protect the neighborhood that I live in, I don't want you to have a gun, I want you to be able to see something, report it and get out of the way."

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Comments on "Bill Cosby: Guns, not racism, killed Trayvon Martin"

steve June 19, 2013 | 6:42 PM

weapons regardless of what they are or why a person has them, do not kill. Weapons are inanimate objects until a person uses it to inflict harm. Then it is the person using it that kills. Motivation is unimportant. what is important is the this person killed another person and should pay for his crime. If guns are banned he would use a knife, if knives are banned he would use a rock or a club. When you blame the weapon you are missing the point. Jesus suffered and died but was it the cross that killed him or was it people. The cross which is a religious symbol was used by the romans as an instrument of death a weapon as much so as a gun or a bomb or even an automobile is frequently used as a weapon. The time to prevent the murder is now. Only by addressing the inhuman behavior problem before it happens. This murder thing is a social disease that needs to be treated, not spread by denial. I am sorry Bill but you are wrong, dead wrong. guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Shirley T April 17, 2012 | 12:55 PM

He is so right! The gun gives the person holding it a false sense of coourage. Without the gun he may have called the police and let them handle it.

Strontium90 April 17, 2012 | 12:49 PM

Man kills with his mind. His hands and his weapons are an extension of his will. The fallacy of our era is that equipment is the equivalent of force. The gun, any gun is an inanimate object just like a car or a baseball bat and can not do anything unless a person puts it into motion in a specific manner.

otcooke April 17, 2012 | 12:32 PM

Bravo!To a real man who has the wisdom, calm and guts to say it like it is!!! Sadly it probably won't convince any of those "I'll give up my gun when they pry it outa my cold dead hands"! If they only could realize they are the idiot free workers that continue to continue to feed and fatten the profit of the gun industry behind the self righteous (self serving) NRA campaign!!!

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