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?