Bill Cosby: Guns, not racism, killed Trayvon Martin
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 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."