The George Zimmerman trial was about much more than race.  In fact, while everyone was talking about racial issues surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin, the jury was guided by metastasizing Stand-Your-Ground laws.  You need look no further than the jury instructions to find the power of the NRA and ALEC.

The defense in the Zimmerman trial was able to put the burden of proof on the victim, Trayvon Martin.  The question became, what had this unarmed teenager done to scare an armed man who was following him, not, why did the armed man follow and kill the unarmed teen?  The guy with the gun had more legal protections than the unarmed kid.  What would happen if we expanded these gun rights even further?  That's where Shoot-em-up Charlie comes in.

If you dig a little deeper, you'll find there are cases that are even more awful than the Zimmerman case.  While Shoot-em-up Charlie takes the lead on this cartoon, stick around at the end to listen to a truly disturbing 911 call from a man about to put these new laws into action.

Be sure to comment, like, share and do all that good social media stuff so more people can see this cartoon and we'll continue to have a discussion about these ridiculous laws.


[Shoot-em-up Charlie]

Hi there, gun-lovers and soon-to-be gun lovers!  

Shoot-'em-up Charlie here [blam-blam] to tell you how we got George Zimmerman off the hook!

As much as I'd like to, I can't take all the credit!

It's the NRA and ALEC who laid the groundwork!

They've specialized in getting shoot-em-up-friendly laws passed all across the country!

See, the law in Florida is an awful lot like the "model legislation" distributed by ALEC and passed in twenty-six states . . .

Which is an awful lot like the jury instructions in the Zimmerman trial!

These "Stand-Your-Ground" shoot-em-up-friendly laws let you shoot someone if you kinda' reasonably feel you might sorta' be in danger--

Even if you created your own danger by seeking it out. [blam-blam]

Which makes it the victims fault for scaring you, and gives more rights to the person with the gun!  [blam-blam]

Sooo we plan on expanding these laws to give more protections and benefits to gun owners everywhere!

Tired of long lines at the DMV?  

First-In-Line gun laws will allow you and your gun to move to the head of the line and be on your way faster!

Guns-On-The-Go legislation will let you breeze through tollbooths, unmolested and with rights intact!

Right-To-Feast laws will guarantee you an unlimited food supply,

And Bullet Banking legislation will end your financial worries, and give you more time for your Second Amendment rights!

So whether you're shooting kids on your porch, or screaming at the 911 dispatcher about your new rights, Shoot-Em-Up Charlie and the NRA are here to make shooting easier!


I rest my case.


Originally posted to Comics on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Daily Kos.

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