Rep. Tony Cornish blames "liberal media" for hyping unrest following Trayvon Martin verdict
Cornish on Trayvon: "Don't hit someone in the face and bang their head on concrete. Hes [sic] not a child."
Minnesota's staunchest gun rights advocate, Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, took to Facebook yesterday morning to blame the "liberal media" for encouraging unrest in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal on all charges related to the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
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Of course, some would argue the controversial verdict itself might have had a little something to do with the relatively mild unrest that occurred following the announcement of the verdict on Saturday night.
Here's what Cornish, author of a vetoed 2012 bill to broaden the rights of property owners to use deadly force and a supporter of arming teachers, had to say hours after the Trayvon verdict was announced:
The comments below Cornish's post contain this interesting exchange between Cornish, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa (winner of our 2011 "Best Villain" award), and a mother troubled by Zimmerman's acquittal:
In a later comment, Cornish clarified that "Though I believe it was a proper verdict, I wish Zimmerman would have stayed in the damned vehicle!"
Of course, if Cornish's 2012 deadly force bill would've become law and the Trayvon incident would've happened in Minnesota, Zimmerman could've lawfully shot him from his car if he merely believed he was in grave danger. Just sayin'.
h/t -- Bluestem Prairie
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