Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, recently claimed that Trayvon Martin was killed by his “broken family.”
In reality, Martin was killed by armed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on February, 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, while walking back to his father's home after buying some snacks at a nearby convenience store.
However, Pratt tried to rewrite history on Steve Malzberg's Internet radio show yesterday on NewsMax.com (video below).
According to RightWingWatch.org, Pratt and Malzberg slammed Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton who testified last week during a Congressional hearing on "Stand Your Ground" laws.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Fulton during the hearing that Stand Your Ground laws actually “protect those in African-American communities.”
However, the Tampa Bay Times analyzed 200 "Stand Your Ground" cases and reported:
People who killed a black person walked free 73 percent of the time, while those who killed a white person went free 59 percent of the time.
The Atlantic Wire added:
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For killings involving victims of color—black or Hispani—78 percent of the time the death was considered justified. For killings involving white victims, that rate sinks to 56 percent.
However, Pratt and Malzberg agreed with Sen. Cruz.
“Had [Fulton] looked at the numbers, she would have found that as a percentage of blacks compared to a percentage of whites--” said Pratt.
“The laws benefit the African-American community down there more so than they do the white community, you’re right,” added Malzberg. "But of course then she went from that hearing to Al Sharpton's show where history gets turned on its head."
Pratt later claimed, without evidence, that what really killed Trayvon Martin was his parents not being together.
"Probably what killed her son was the broken family that he was forced to deal with," claimed Pratt. "That’s often an indicator that a young man is going to have trouble, of either race, of any race."
However, there is no proof that Martin had "trouble" with people of any specific race.