Gingrich: Trayvon Martin among many young Americans killed

“Every single American of every background is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights: the pursuit of life, liberty … Continued

“Every single American of every background is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights: the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We should be concerned about any young American of any background who ends up getting killed [as Trayvon Martin was].”

Newt Gingrich, March 26, 2012, on the inalienable rights of all Americans

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks to the New Castle, Sussex & Kent County GOP member meeting during a campaign stop in Hockessin, Del., Monday, March 26, 2012.

  • DCX2

    The difference being that when most young Americans are killed, their killers are arrested even if they claim self defense. When most young Americans are killed, the police actually take proactive steps to inform the parents.

  • firejack007

    No, if it is self defense they are not always arrested.

  • agnostictaoist

    You could always test your theory: assemble the crime stats from any large US city over the next three or four months. Break them down by age, gender, race, whatever you like, vis-a-vis death by gunshot (excluding suicides) — and see how many people who plead self-defense are arrested.
    And given all the recent furor raised specifically about young black males, you could reflect on the relative proportion killed by
    other age 18-24 black males, including those deaths where someone successfully pleads self-defense.
    Don’t Shoot (2011) by David M. Kennedy, Prof. of Criminal Justice
    at John Jay College, is a great book on how to end the epidemic of
    this kind of violence, by the way.


    “Every single American of every background is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights…”

    I have no “creator”, just my mother and father, and their mothers and fathers before them, an unbroken line of life stretching billions of years back into the past.

    I guess that’s why Gingrich and his Republican ilk work hard to ensure that I do not have those rights in states like Maryland and Mississippi.

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