In the wake of the slaying of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin by concealed handgun permit holder George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has been bombarded with a series of racist messages from pro-gun activists. You can read some of these comments here, here, here, and here.
And the comments are still coming…
Responding to our previous blog on this topic, in which a pro-gun activist described the slaying of Trayvon Martin as “population control,” a pro-gun activist left the following comment: “It’s good that these apes can’t learn how to legally register guns themselves. they just shoot each other down with unregistered guns. /k/ for life, fuck you monkeys.” ‘/k/’ is a symbol that is used by pro-gun extremists to refer to weapons, and firearms in particular, on online message boards.
When we posted a photo at the CSGV Facebook page of a pregnant African-American woman with the words “AM I NEXT?” on her stomach, we got this response from pro-gunner “Tango Down” of Boynton Beach, Florida: “If her and her husband raise the child right and raises it to be a good kid and NOT A THUG, if the raise it to respect the law and respect others as it would want to be respected. If the kid is thought right from wrong and doesnt’t attempt to kill someone else then it should have no problems!”
Pro-gun activist Terry Barcus of Cheshire, Ohio was more blunt, leaving the message “zimmeman is my hero!!!!!!!!” on our Wall.
That thought was echoed by pro-gunner “LOU1011” at the U.S. News & World Report website. “LOU1011” was responding to a blog posted by CSGV executive director Josh Horwitz about NRA/ALEC “Stand Your Ground” laws entitled “Carrying a Firearm Puts the Community at Risk.” “Nothing’s changed here,” LOU1011 wrote. “A Black thug assaulted a guy on the streets, who defended himself.One less Black thug in this world..thank you Zimmerman!”
Timothy Archetko, a pro-gun activist from Canton, New York, emailed us to tell us how happy he was that Trayvon Martin was dead. “I believe in the 2nd amendment take me off this fuckin [CSGV email] list,” he wrote. “I am a concealed carry holder, my license plate is the model of my favorite assault rifle, I bought 5 guns in the past year and just bought 1000 rounds of m16 ammo, I shot hundreds of birds last season. I am glad the unarmed teen was shot he obviously shouldn’t have provoked it. You hippies think you can say what you want with no consequences.”
The ‘N’ word also remained popular with pro-gun activists. When the CSGV staff posted a cover photo on Facebook with hoods up to pay tribute to Trayvon Martin, pro-gunner Donald Attis of Halifax, Nova Scotia left two comments. The first was a threat: “BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG.” The second was, “Fuck yo coalition nigga! Fuck yo coalition!”
Finally, white pro-gun activists never waste an opportunity to blame the entire gun violence problem in America on African-Americans. Pro-gunner Brandon Ashby Smith of St. Petersburg, Florida wandered by our Facebook Wall to leave the following comment: “By the way, right after Trayvon Martin was killed– there was like 6 black people who were killed by other black people because they are too stupid to take advantage of free things from the state and they’d rather sell drugs than work.”
Pro-gunner Michael Liechty was pointing the finger, too, and wrote the following on CSGV’s Facebook Wall: “maybe you should talk to the black communities where most of the gun violence is taking place.” The fact that this claim is patently false? Well, being off on that “truth” thing never really bothered the gun guys…