If you were grossly insensitive you could say the Trayvon Martin homicide was a gift to the gun control industry. Gun grabbers have seized on the tragedy with all the gusto that they apply to, well, any firearms-related tragedy. But to say that gun control has gained traction from the Martin-shaped media you-know-what would be over-stating the case. Sure, a few “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws are cooling their heels in the hinterlands. And Florida’s democrats will certainly subject the Sunshine State’s SYG to some kind of official review. But calls to ban or restrict concealed carry are notable by their absence—even from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence . . .

Check out the “We Want The Freedom to Buy Skittles Without Getting Shot” petition at change.org. Now know this: it’s a Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence production. The petition page doesn’t name the gun control org as the online doc’s creator, but our Google-Fu is strong.

The petition links to a page for Americans for the Freedom To Buy Skittles Without Getting Shot. Which lists The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence as one of the “Organizations Administered.”

That’s kinda funny in an unintentionally backwards kinda way. Anyway and additionally, one of today’s Brady Campaign’s Twitter feeds fesses-up:

OK? Right. So, the “We Want The Freedom to Buy Skittles Without Getting Shot” petition has garnered . . . wait for it . . . 3,983 signatures in the last two days. To put that into some kind of perspective, TTAG had 96,653 page views yesterday (figure roughly two page views per unique viewer).

As I said, a questionable defensive gun use and subsequent race baiting does not a gun control backlash make. In case you were wondering. Oh and Twitter still hasn’t removed the @killzimmerman account. Which has 598 followers. What does that tell you?

34 Responses to Gun Tweet of the Day: The Brady Campaign Plays Skittles Edition

  1. I’m starting a petition to end stupid petitions like this one.

    Please sign below to support us and invite your friends:

  2. Is the Brady Campaign going to set up one of those old school macabre sideshows where they charge people to see items involved in the case? Will they have the bloody hoodie on display? Some of Martin’s teeth? A lock of hair? The spent shell casing? The shoes he was wearing? How far are they willing to go in exploiting this tragedy?

  3. If we on the side of the RKBA controlled the media the way anti-gun orgs and their donors do,race baiting would dissapear,gun control would be a blacklisted topic unworthy of discussion ,and crooks would be shown their true colors instead of being Rodney King’d into an activist.

  4. More Americans are killed by eating an unhealthy diet (which can lead to obesity, cancer, heart disease, etc) and food poisoning than have been killed by guns. We must ban skittles candy.

      • Choking hazard? If you can get over your emotions for just one second, you would see that kids choking on skittles is a myth. Don’t believe me? Look up statistics on childhood obesity trends.

        (Too far?)

        • There is bound to be some child, perhaps even an infant, that choked at least somewhat on the candy. If we can save just one life or one ER visit it will be worth it.

  5. We know that if Zimmerman didn’t have a gun Martin would be alive. But, do we know the same thing about Zimmerman?
    Just asking.

  6. I think somewhere in there, someone was trying to make a point about vigilante justice. Just because the Brady people choose to trivialize it does not mean it is not worth thinking about.

  7. I have to wonder how Mars, the makers of Skittles, feels about their product being associated with this now infamous event.

  8. It’s exactly the desire for the freedom to go to the store and buy Skittles without getting shot that makes me defend the 2A. Glad to hear we’re on the same side for once, Brady.

    Oh, wait, you weren’t talking about the hundreds of convenient store robberies that happen every month? Right, sorry…I forgot that you’re in the criminals’ corner.

  9. I’m tempted to create a petition to be able to walk in your own neighborhood without some punk black kid pinning you to the ground and bashing your skull into the pavement…. I think it would get more followers.

        • Personally, I’d rather not do the race-baiting thing at all. I’m against getting my head bashed into the sidewalk no matter what demographic the person doing it belongs to.

      • No. The point is that the Brady Campaign Against Self Defense is saying that Zimmerman, who was pinned to the ground and having his head bashed into the pavement, committed a crime by defending himself from Martin (who was black).

        I’m sure you can figure the rest out from there.

        • Right, but you provided an easy distraction by dropping the word “black” in there. Why do that?

          It’s much easier to take the moral high ground, which is naturally ours anyway since we’re defending a civil right, and leave all those distractions aside.

        • Because if you remove “black teen”, then it’s not clear that it’s pointing out that Martin was committing a crime and trying to kill Zimmerman (or at least give him permanent brain damage).

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