Zimmerman's Brother Says He Wants to Heal Nation, and BTW Trayvon Wanted Guns, Drugs

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July 14 2013 12:55 AM

Zimmerman's Brother Says He Wants to Heal Nation, and BTW Trayvon Wanted Guns, Drugs

Robert Zimmerman Jr. appeared on CNN Saturday night after a jury passed down a not guilty verdict for his brother George Zimmerman. Anchor Don Lemon asked Robert:

You said you want to start some sort of dialogue, and much has been made about race in this particular case. And you, your brother, your family—you have a unique opportunity in this country to address that. What would you like to see happen when it comes to race, healing the divide, and do you plan to do anything about that, and will you ask your brother to do anything about that?

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Robert Zimmerman then responded by (kind of) accusing Trayvon Martin of (maybe) trying to get a gun.

I want to know what makes people angry enough to attack someone the way that Trayvon Martin did. I want to know if it is true, and I don’t know if it’s true, that Trayvon Martin was looking to procure firearms, was growing marijuana plants… I want to know that every minor, high-schooler, that would be reaching out in some way for help, and they may feel it’s by procuring firearms or whatever they may be doing, that they have some kind of help. I think that’s what George was trying to do when he mentored two black children.

Yes, guns are bad. We should do something about that.

Allison Benedikt is a Slate senior editor. Follow her on Twitter.

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