Skip to comments.House Dem calls for Trayvon Martin hearings
Posted on 07/16/2013 11:11:58 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez is calling for Judiciary Committee hearings on the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Gutierrez wrote that the committee must hold hearings on the matter as soon as possible.
When any child is gunned down and no one goes to jail, it is incumbent on lawmakers at the highest level of government to investigate whether justice has been done, whether the underlying law is just, and whether federal legislation could help avoid another tragic death like the death of Trayvon Martin, Gutierrez wrote.
George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges on Saturday in the death of Martin, after his attorneys argued self-defense.
According to Gutierrez, a member of the Judiciary Committee, Martins shooting death undermines the rule of law, erodes community trust in law enforcement, and exemplify just how dangerous the combination of rampant fear and easily available guns can be, he wrote. Even as crime has gone down across the nation, fear of crime, fear of violence, and fear of fellow Americans seems to be ever increasing.
Gutierrez went on in his letter to address the distrust he says working-class communities have toward law enforcement, pointing out that it took two months for law enforcement to make an arrest in Martins death.
He also criticized Goodlatte and the Judiciary Committee for passing the SAFE Act through committee, which would allow states and localities to enforce federal immigration laws as a means to improve interior immigration enforcement.
There is a widespread feeling in many poor and working-class communities that the police are not there to serve them. The Judiciary Committee recently passed legislation you co-authored to drive an even greater wedge between local police and the communities they serve by turning all police into immigration enforcement officers and criminalizing millions of immigrants and their families, Gutierrez wrote.
The Illinois Democrat further pointed to guns and the gun industry as another issue the committee should take on but scarcely has anything to say about it.
I note with great sadness that Mr. Martin was just one of hundreds and hundreds of children we have lost to guns, Gutierrez wrote. There is no reason in a modern society to accept the sale, marketing, and widespread proliferation of guns as a means for killing other human beings and our laws should reflect that fact.
Gutierrezs goal, he concluded is to examine the panoply of questions left unanswered as George Zimmerman goes free and the Trayvon Martin family mourns.
Leave these people alone, your racist divisive SOB
Anything to distract from the real goings-on behind the scenes. Beautiful smokescreen, evil lib politicians.
These idiots won’t accept the results of our system, they want THEIR verdict regardless of the facts.
liberalism is a disease.
Trayvon is as dead as the Libyan ambassador. What difference could it possibly make at this point in time, anyway???
Here we go with that “child” crap again.
Because God knows Congress doesn’t have anything more important to be dealing with. </sarcasm>
WTF! Has this world gone bat guano crazy?
Thats exactly what these people mean to provoke by constantly scratching off the Zimmerman-Martin scab.
This is what it feels like.
“When any child is gunned down and no one goes to jail, it is incumbent on lawmakers at the highest level of government to investigate whether justice has been done”
That includes Eric Holder giving out weapons to Mexican drug cartels!!
Let the congress investigate that!
I’d say Zimmerman need to go on the attach with a good ole fashioned slander/libel suite.
Liberals gone wild. Someone really should cage them up at night because they get out of hand when left to their own devices.
Not to mention the phrase, ‘gunned down.” TM wasn’t gunned down - he was the instigator. Stupid people. Stupid, stupid, stupid people! And these people get elected and make laws for the rest of us? What a sorry state of the union.
He’s not backing up his fellow Hispanic. Wonder what that will do in the community of non-Marxist Latinos.
Perhaps someone should remind Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez that a gun that was sold by Eric Holder’s Dept. was used to kill a LEO just a week or two ago and that many more Mexican Nationals were killed with others that his office were responsible for the sale of, to known Gang associates?
No, not stupid. More like evil. The god of this world is driving them.
When any child is gunned down and no one goes to jail, it is incumbent on lawmakers at the highest level of government to investigate whether justice has been done
That could become extremely inconvenient for Chicago!
Take the log out of your own eye(Chicago, Ill.)before attempting to remove the speck from mine(Sanford, Fl)....
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