Taking the whole thing into account, taking as given America’s history of racial tension, thus taking as given the practical inevitability of “racial profiling”, I think the root cause of Trayvon Martin’s death was that George Zimmerman was allowed to carry a pistol.

Racial profiling works both ways, I don’t believe that Zimmerman would have ever dared get out of his car and accost a young, black male in a hoody even to comment the weather or to ask for a light, if he hadn’t been armed.

The more racist he was, the more frightened he would have been and the less willing he would have been to approach Martin. Without a gun he would have waited, safely locked in his car, for the police to arrive.

So for me it is clear: letting people carry pistols in the street caused the death of Trayvon Martin as it is the cause of death of thousands of Americans, of every possible color, every year.

Cross posted from: http://seaton-newslinks.blogspot.com

David Seaton

David Seaton