- Associated Press - Sunday, April 15, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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, Mr. Cosby said calling George Zimmerman a racist doesn’t solve anything. The bigger question, Mr. Cosby said, is what Mr. Zimmerman was doing with a gun and who taught him how to behave with it.

The shooting of the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 has ignited a nationwide debate about race and self-defense.

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