Why do most people seem to be framing this issue around whether Zimmerman had a right to defend himself? Given the fact that Zimmerman confronted Trayvon, the discussion should really be about Trayvon's right to stand his ground.
While Florida's 'Shoot First' law is the reason that George Zimmerman has not been arrested, it's Florida's concealed carry law that enabled him to confront Trayvon Martin with a loaded handgun in the first place.
Even this season of peace knows no respite from the plague of gun violence. For too many Americans, this holiday season will be remembered only for the devastating sense of loss as their loved ones are torn from their lives by senseless gunfire.
Conservatives don't have to believe that concealed carry of loaded guns in public places poses unacceptable risks in order to be opposed to H.R. 822. Principled conservatives -- even those who think concealed carry is a positive good -- should be driven to the same conclusion.
Denied a concealed handgun permit in your home state because of your criminal and mental health background? No problem. Thanks to the NRA, you'll now simply be able to mail-order a permit from Utah or Florida and you're ready to carry.
It's no secret that Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry likes guns. What has not been known is how steeped he is in a radical pro-gun ideology that most Americans, and most gun owners, would find puzzling and dangerous.