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Bill Cosby: It’s guns, not race in Trayvon Martin case

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FILE - In this April 6, 2011 file photo, Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's Keepers of the Dream Awards Gala in New York. Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer should be focused on guns, not race. In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday, April 15, 2012, Cosby said calling George Zimmerman a racist doesn't solve anything. Cosby says the bigger question is what Zimmerman was doing with a gun, and who taught him how to behave with it. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

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Updated: May 17, 2012 8:12AM



WASHINGTON — Actor and comedian Bill Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer should be focused on guns, not race.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” aired Sunday, Cosby said calling George Zimmerman a racist doesn’t solve anything. Cosby says the bigger question is what Zimmerman was doing with a gun, and who taught him how to behave with it.

Martin, 17, was shot in February. Cosby said during the interview, which was taped Thursday afternoon, that he once owned a gun but no longer does. He says there is a need to get guns off the streets, and that people should be taught to use every possible alternative before shooting someone.

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