I can’t help but seeing clear evidence of violent tendencies and gun-fetishism on display. Hearing and reading more about Zimmerman’s continued ‘problems’ (for want of a better word), the portrayal is one of someone who has developed a sense of invincibility and, perhaps, a false sense of how much he can get away with. Certainly, as Hayes covers in the second segment, below, he appears to have been emboldened by his acquittal. He has not, as Joy Reid states, “behaved like a man chastened by the act of killing someone”.
“The visit to the gun manufacturer, to me… that was the moment when I was, like, ‘No, no, no, no…’” Chris Hayes says. I can’t help but agree. Gun-fetishism is never comfortable to see, or read and hear about. But this instance is even more chilling, in its way. The fact that Zimmerman got his gun back after he used it to hunt Trayvon Martin continues to stun me (not to mention many people I have spoken to – American and not).
“… the presence of a gun is transformational on all interactions between humans in the midst of conflict… the presence of the gun absolutely alters the calculus of everything that happens between two human beings involved in any kind of conflict.”
Yesterday, Rachel Maddow also had a segment about the NRA and guns in America. The NRA is flexing its muscles politically, again…