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Cosby: Trayvon Martin Case About Guns, Not Race

6:24 AM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Actor and comedian Bill Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer should be focused on guns, not race.

In an interview on CNN's State of the Union aired Sunday, Cosby said calling George Zimmerman a racist doesn't solve anything. Cosby says the bigger question is what Zimmerman was doing with a gun, and who taught him how to behave with it.

The shooting of the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 has ignited a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

Cosby, who is black, said during the interview, which was taped Thursday afternoon, that he once owned a gun but no longer does. He says there is a need to get guns off the streets and that people should be taught to use every possible alternative before shooting someone.

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