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Bill Cosby Says Guns To Blame For Trayvon Martin's Death

Bill Cosby says guns are to blame for Trayvon Martin's death.

The 17-year-old African American was killed after a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain shot the unarmed teen in the Central Florida community of Sanford.

"We've got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch," Cosby tells the Washington Times.

"Without a gun, I don't see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself. The power-of-the-gun mentality had him unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations."

"When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody," he says.

Zimmerman told police who arrived on the scene that the shooting was self-defense. Responding officers handcuffed Zimmerman and took him into custody but they did not formally arrest him, saying they did not find evidence to contradict his assertion of self-defense.

While in custody at the police station, the lead homicide investigator reportedly said he did not believe it was self-defense and he wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but the state attorney's office said there was insufficient evidence for a conviction.

The circumstances around Martin's death have received national and international attention, including Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Allegations of racial motivations and police misconduct have triggered protests around the case.

A couple of weeks ago, the shooting also prompted upcoming film 'Neighborhood Watch' to suspend promos in Florida for the comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade.

April 9, 2012 |

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