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Bill Cosby shares his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case (Video)

Bill Cosby. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

“I'm a person who believes that that gun, the gun, all around this United States, when a person has a gun, sometimes their mind clicks that this thing is — it will win arguments and straighten people out. And then in the wrong hands, in the wrong mind, it's death,” Cosby told Candy Crowley. “It's wounding people, people who don't have money to buy a decent meal for themselves, yet, someone will put an illegal gun in their hand.”

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February. Zimmerman has maintained he killed Martin in self-defense, while some of the teen’s supporters believe racial profiling led to Martin’s death.

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder.

The comedian — whose son Ennis was shot and killed in 1997 while changing a flat tire — rejected the idea that race should even matter in this case.

“How are you going to solve a race issue when it becomes . . . he said-he said? And the other question is, what is solved by saying he’s a racist, that’s why he shot the boy? What solves that?” Cosby said. “This [forms hand into shape of gun and motions with it] -- and what is he [Zimmerman] doing with it and who taught him and told him how to behave with this, it doesn’t make any difference if he’s a racist or not racist. If he is scared to death and not a racist, it’s still a confrontational provoking of something.

“ I just feel that this thing -- this thing, we need to get rid of it on the streets. And if people have one, they should be checked out so thoroughly.”

Cosby also discussed his support for President Obama and why he thinks a second term is definitely happening.

Watch the segments below and read a transcript of the interview here.


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