Bill Cosby has become the latest celebrity to share his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case. Cosby is no stranger to gun violence, having lost his son Ennis to tragedy in 1997. The younger Cosby was shot to death while changing a flat tire on the off ramp of a Los Angeles freeway.
In an interview with David Gregory of NBC's Meet The Press, the actor-comedian blamed the death of the Florida teen on guns, not race. "It's about the gun. It's about this gun, guns in our country," he said. Cosby was compassionate in his statement as well as his actions as he made the gun gesture with his hands to explain his stance.
Cosby also reflected on his time in the Navy when he was on shore patrol and given a night stick, instead of a gun, to protect himself. He said because of this weapon, his mentality shifted from a common patrol to a sort of fear, looking for things and people. Cosby said, "I know when you have a gun, you may not realize it, but you put it on your person and you mean to pull this and kill somebody. That's what you mean to do."