The Buckeye Firearms Association raised over $12,000 in an effort to provide recently acquitted George Zimmerman with another gun. During a CNN interview with Piers Morgan, Ken Hanson defended his group and their goals against repeated attacks.
After acknowledging that Zimmerman had been receiving death threats since being found not guilty, Morgan then immediately asked Hanson, “Why do you want George Zimmerman to have a gun so badly?”
Hanson quickly pointed out that it wasn’t just a gun he wanted Zimmerman to have. It was a “gun, gear, ammunition, training, security systems, personal protection” and whatever else he felt was appropriate to defend himself and his family.
Morgan asked Hanson if he had extended the same offer toward the Martin family as well, to which Hanson replied, “I’m not aware of any threats against Mr. Martin’s family.” He went on to assure Morgan that if the Martin family is ever threatened, he would “step up to the plate” for them as well.
An undeterred Morgan asked, “Right, but what if he (Zimmerman) does it again? What if Trayvon Martin’s older brother is walking in the same area … and George Zimmerman decides to shoot him as well? Where does that leave you if you’re the one that supplied the gun?”
“If someone is on top of Mr. Zimmerman again, repeatedly bashing his head into the concrete, and he acts in self-defense – that’s incredible bad luck that he found himself in that situation twice – but we’ll sleep soundly,” Hanson replied matter-of-factly.
The Buckeye Firearms Association said they have acted on behalf of the Pink Pistols – a gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender group, an African-American male who acted in self-defense, an anti-gun legislator, and others.
“When we’re acting on behalf of those people, it’s not a problem. It’s only in this case when the villagers have gone out with the torches and the pitch forks that it somehow becomes a problem. This is not an issue of race. It’s an issue of self-defense law,” Hanson said.
The interview went on to cover “Stand Your Ground” law as well as several other relevant topics and closed fittingly with Morgan admitting that “words fail him”.