America Loves Guns More Than Children

Nothing is going to change. Americans love their guns more than they love people and after Sandy Hook we decided that killing over 20 children was acceptable and not outrageous enough to make reasonable restrictions on guns. This is America, a country that has been around for 200 years, a superpower, a 1st world nation, and one of the wealthiest countries on the planet and we refuse to protect our own people. We respect guns more than we respect the lives of people.
Trayvon Martin's mom pens letter to parents of Michael Brown

The mother of Trayvon Martin has written an open letter of support to the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose killing at the hands of a white police officer, Darren Wilson, has touched off days of violent protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri — and drawn comparisons to Martin’s killing.

“I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t,” Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, writes in the letter. “I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t.”

Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26, 2012, sparking demonstrations around the country. Zimmerman, who said he acted in self-defense, was later acquitted of second-degree murder charges.

“I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence,” Fulton wrote. “But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son. A son that barely had a chance to live. Our children are our future so whenever any of our children — black, white, brown, yellow, or red — are taken from us unnecessarily, it causes a never-ending pain that is unlike anything I could have imagined experiencing.”

The letter comes a day after Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, called for Wilson’s arrest, telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the officer should be held “accountable for his actions.”