Last night on Hannity we played you part of an exclusive interview from Orlando's Fox35 affiliate where an alternate juror in the Zimmerman trial expressed his agreement with the verdict. In the end, the he felt that the most convincing piece of evidence was the injuries sustained by Zimmerman as a result of the MMA, ground-and-pound assault by Martin. He also believed that the voice screaming for help on the 911 call was that of George Zimmerman.
While the parents of Trayvon Martin initially said that race did not play a role in the tragic death of their son, it seems as though the trial may have swayed their opinion. Speaking in public for the first time since the verdict, Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton hope that the American people remember their son as “fun-loving.” Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton was asked what she hopes the president may do as a result of the verdict. She says she hopes there will at least be a federal investigation into what happened. She says, “At least go through it with a fine-toothed comb and just make sure the t's were crossed and the i's were dotted. This is sending out a terrible message to young teenagers.”
The lawyer for Trayvon Martin's parents, Benjamin Crump says that they are asking for the Justice Department to look into the case. Crump explained to CBS, “Can a private citizen with a gun profile and follow our children home? Because the United States Supreme Court doesn't even allow the police to profile people based on race, so this is an issue that we need to know because we need to know what to tell our children.”
Speaking of the Justice Department and Eric Holder, the NRA has responded to Eric Holder's request that states review their Stand Your Ground laws. Holder told the NAACP that these laws encourage "violent situations to escalate.” The response from the NRA reads in part:
"The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it's a fundamental human right. To send a message that legitimate self-defense is to blame is unconscionable and demonstrates once again that this administration will exploit tragedies to push their political agenda."
It's clear that this administration is still living on the advice of Rahm Emanuel: Never let a good crisis go to waste. It's a sad state of affairs, but this administration has developed a habit of using tragic situations to advance its agenda.