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The Idiocy that Executed Trayvon Martin: Marian Hammer of the NRA

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Eshu’s blues by michael hureaux perez

The National Rifle Association is a vector of violent death, and “white Amurrikin cowboy fantasies will not be satisfied until this land is mindlessly purged with blood, to paraphrase John Brown.” The nation was far safer 40-something years ago, when the right to bear arms “was defended by such stalwarts of the 2nd Amendment as the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords and the American Indian Movement.

The Idiocy that Executed Trayvon Martin: Marian Hammer of the NRA

Eshu’s blues by michael hureaux perez

George Zimmerman is a posterchild for white supremists, gun fetishists, and the corporate media hacks who apologize for him.”

As I write this, the Amurrikin media is busy doing what it does frequently, i.e., going out of its way to legitimize the extrajudicial execution of a 17 year old Black kid. Trayvon Martin was shot to death not by a cop, not by a mall security guard, but by an armed neighborhood watch “patrol” person named George Zimmerman. You know, what used to be decried as vigilante activity back when the ruling classes of this country still had a clear notion of what due process of law entails.

But times are hard, thanks to the exigencies of a culture which no longer believes working people have a right to do anything but work and pay off the expenses of a debt service economy. And when that kind of governance is dominating the day, people get stupid and vicious, and a lot of people who really ought not to be packing anything with any more firepower than a pea-shooter are allowed all kinds of license. It’s the Amurrikin way. So the state of Florida has something called a “Stand your Ground” law, which apparently precludes the right of a black adolescent to knock out anyone who may be following them down the street and harassing them. Trayvon Martin, if he indeed laid hands on George Zimmerman, was seeking to put a stop to the harassment that a zealous “neighborhood watch” “official” armed to the teeth was visiting upon him. Martin was murdered by that assailant, after that assailant (Zimmerman) was warned away from any further engagement with Trayvon Martin by actual law enforcement officials. And Trayvon Martin was murdered for “standing his ground” in what was clearly a non-lethal manner – if indeed he laid hands on George Zimmerman – and his murder is being justified by people who have gunpowder for brains. There is no other explanation for this matter, despite what the gunpowder mob has to say.

The Florida legislature was warned away from voting the law onto the books by law enforcement officials.”

Foremost among these is one Marian Hammer of the National Rifle Association, who apparently is formerly the first woman president of the NRA, who Michael Daly of Yahoo’s blog The Daily Beast has given the appellation “the Lady Gaga of Guns.” The NRA views her as the “propelling force” behind the Stand Your Ground Law, which Zimmerman’s defenders cite in asking to have all murder charges stricken from the record. If Daly’s recounting of the origins of the “Stand your Ground” law is accurate, the Florida legislature was warned away from voting the law onto the books by law enforcement officials who were concerned about exactly what we have here in front of us, the use of deadly force where it should not be used. Several law enforcement officials opposed the law because they believed it invited the Wild West scenario that floats through the heads of people like Marian Zimmerman. The law allows people to seek someone out, provoke a confrontation, and then kill them if they resist.

One has to stand in awe of the deliberate moronism that puts this kind of law together. Marian Hammer was unbothered when a group of alleged gangbangers shot one of their alleged opponents to death in Tallahassee four years ago. She sees the Stand Your Ground law as one which protects the rights of “law-abiding” people to protect themselves with firearms when they attacked, and apparently this law applies even when they are instigating or provoking attack. No gray areas of the law, unless, of course, we’re talking about the efficiency of gray gunpowder as opposed to the highly temperamental black powder that was used to make cartridges back in the Wyatt Earp days. Obviously superior firepower was what was decisive in that period, and clearly that’s all that concerns Marian Hammer in the present.

Lots of people are dead today because there is inadequate regulation and education around the use of deadly force.”

And to all you Second Amendment groupies out there: this writer doesn’t accept the premise that there are never occasions when people might need firearms to defend themselves or procure food. But neither should civilized people accept the fetish for deadly force that Ms. Hammer and too many of her followers get off on. Lots of black folks grow up educated and taught about correct use and maintenance of firearms. But it’s only calculated stupidity that ignores one simple fact: needful tools that firearms sometimes are, political culture in this country is extremely immature and backward, and lots of people are dead today because there is inadequate regulation and education around the use of deadly force.

The neighborhood support, the slack to work and educate young people around the correct use of firearms is atomized in almost all parts of this country due to the destruction of infrastructure and what meager community help we once tried to build for ourselves in our neighborhoods and workplaces. This form of community empowerment is enhanced by militant and independent political leadership in each and every neighborhood and workplace in this country, and at one time, it was defended by such stalwarts of the Second Amendment as the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords and the American Indian Movement. These organizations in their best moments modeled correct defense of the much glamorized Second Amendment, correct regulation and education in the use of firearms, and is a regulation and education which Marian Hammer and the NRA actively oppose. George Zimmerman is a posterchild for white supremists, gun fetishists, and the corporate media hacks who apologize for him. He is not a victim. He is a deadly fool, a shill for right wing reaction, and he is nothing else.

Twenty-one states in this country have a law patterned after the Stand Your Ground Law.”

Trayvon Martin is dead today because of the greatest internal threat which confronts working people in this culture. Trayvon Martin was yet another young person of color tossed onto the tower of bones that has been busily constructed by Amurrika for hundreds of years. All young black people and most if not everyone else in this sick, sick country are threatened by white Amurrikin cowboy fantasies, which apparently will not be satisfied until this land is mindlessly purged with blood, to paraphrase John Brown. Twenty-one states in this country have a law patterned after the Stand Your Ground Law and, incidently, that’s a development that lines up directly with the rise of right wing reaction in this country for the last three decades. That’s the problem. That’s the real threat, not only to countless black youth who have died under this hammer, if you’ll forgive the metaphor, but to everybody and everything which draws air in this vicious late ruling class gangster mayhem we live under.

The small miracle of the moment is that there have not been larger civil wars in the interior of this country due to the stupidity of Hammer and her true believers in the NRA, but that’s not to say there never will be. Given the tenor of the times, they seem more likely than ever. But I doubt that’s going to bother the gunpowder mob much.

michael hureaux perez is a writer, musician and teacher who lives in southwest Seattle, Washington. He is a longtime contributor to small and alternative presses around the country and performs his work frequently. Email to: tricksterbirdboy@yahoo.com.

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Gun-Lobby link to 'Make My Day' Laws & Propaganda Mis-Info

Note this interview [@ http://therealnews.com/t2/component/hwdvideoshare/?task=viewvideo&video_... ] w John Nichols & Tom Hartmann on so-called 'Stand Your Ground Laws' [= 'Shoot first & ask questions later' laws] connection to the NRA, ALEC & Walmart [the US' biggest gun seller]. Its all about reducing the chances for potential legal liability for gun makers & sellers as they increase gun sales- by lowering the legal standard for 'Justifiable' Shootings. Thus the gun-lobby has cynically & deliberately fought against common-sense gun laws & regulations [IE: legalizing 'Shoot first & ask questions later' laws in almost half of the USA - so it ain't just about FL or AZ] which have increased risks to public safety [remember the 2nd Amendment was supposedly about protecting the Public's safety & security] in order to cover their own asses as they increase gun & munitions sales! But of course these laws also can be used / are being used as a 'License to Kill' Blacks & Browns by white racists!

} Also Note: In a recent debate about gun-control laws on Inside Story @ Al-Jazeera – entitled: ‘Why do Americans Love Their Guns’ {see @ http://therealnews.com/t2/component/hwdvideoshare/?task=viewvideo&video_id=73359 ]- a gun-lobby guy {David Burnett} referred to this article from Daily Telegraph Aug 3, 2010 @ www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7922755/England-has-worse-crime-rate-than-the-US-says-Civitas-study.html -  by misquoting it to make the bogus claim that the UK’s homicide [rather than over-all crime] rate is higher than the US’! What the above article does state clearly & specifically, is that the UK’s rate ‘For burglaries and robberies England and Wales had more crimes per 100,000 people than the USA…’

Burnett chose the UK to try & make his bogus point, because guns are illegal there, & often even beat cops don’t carry guns w them. YET- actual data shows that the average homicide rate for the US, during the decade of the 2000s, was 3.54 Xs Greater than the Uk’s -&- for 2010 it was nearly 4Xs Greater!!! Thus Mr Burnett’s claim is erroneous { its likely he was even being deliberately disingenuous}! [Note These Stats: In the UK (population 60.5m) there were 765 reported murders for 2005-6 (UK Home Office) – a rate of 1.1 per 100,000. In the US (population 300m) there were an estimated 16,137 homicides in 2004 (FBI, 2006) – a rate of 5.4 per 100,000. 10,654 were shootings (FBI, 2006) {meaning 66% (= 2/3rds) of murders in the US are committed w guns}...]

I suspect this is a common tactic [IE: dis-info] used by the gun-lobby. IE: They always quote the 2nd clause of the 2nd Amendment- but almost never its 1st clause ['A Well REGULATED Militia being necessary for the SECURITY of a Free State, the right of the people {IE: the general public} to keep arms shall not be denied' - the 2nd Amendment] - So what exactly does a Well REGULATED [as in rules & regulations] Militia - mean??!! This question seems to never be discussed nor even mentioned! {

 

And Note this News-flash by Abby Zimet: New questions being raised by ThinkProgress and Trayvon Martin's family attorney about the role in the case of George Zimmerman’s father Robert, a retired judge, who was present both at police questioning and re-enactment at the scene. Others had earlier raised the issue of his father's influence, given that Zimmerman had been arrested several times for violent incidents, but never formally charged.



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