Barack Obama’s virulent anti-gun attitude coupled with a pair of spectacular crimes and a tragic case in which the media dishonestly injected race now threaten to turn the clock back on Americans’ self-defense rights. Obama and his anti-gun allies seized on the Aurora, Colorado, shooting and the Sandy Hook massacre to push hard and fast against the Second Amendment. Several states including Colorado and Connecticut responded by passing strict gun control laws. The new strict gun control laws would not have stopped either crime. The federal laws Obama pushed in Congress likewise would not have stopped either crime. Stopping crime, then, appears not to be the point of any of the Democrats’ new gun laws.

Stand your ground laws had nothing to do with the altercation between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmernan on February 26, 2012. Likewise, race had nothing to do with that altercation. Bad weather, a young man who was in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and a spate of unsolved burglaries and home invasions had everything to do with that tragic night. But the media led by NBC News injected race, and Barack Obama seized on Trayvon Martin’s death alongside race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to build pressure to prosecute George Zimmerman. Even after Zimmerman’s acquittal, while Obama has remained strategically silent, Holder used his NAACP address Tuesday to argue that stand your ground laws must be re-examined.

The dishonesty of changing the subject from ordinary self-defense to stand your ground laws is breathtaking. Zimmerman never invoked stand your ground. He won acquittal arguing ordinary self-defense. He won because in our system, a defendant is innocent until the state proves him guilty and the state of Florida lacked the evidence to prove him guilty. As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Holder has an obligation to uphold our laws, not launch deceitful political attacks against them. He has an obligation to cool tempers calling for the federal government to come down on Zimmerman, not egg those tempers on.

It’s obvious now as it has been for years that Eric Holder is a racist and he leads a racist application of laws and philosophy. He dropped the federal government’s victorious case against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation because the NBPB were, according to Holder, “my people.” His Justice Department fanned the flames of outrage against George Zimmerman because Trayvon Martin was black, not because the facts mandated DOJ’s involvement. Young black men die violently nearly every day in Chicago. Their killers are most often other young black men. Holder stands silently by and his Justice Department does not deploy its Community Relations Service to demand any sort of justice.

If this latest attack on self-defense succeeds, soft-on-crime liberals will be back to ruining the world for law-abiding citizens. Americans will once again face off against violent criminals who will have every reason to believe that they can act with relative impunity, and against a system that tilts against the right of self-defense. Good Americans of all races will end up dead just so Barack Obama and Eric Holder can score political points and distract from their administration’s appalling record on jobs, on privacy, on government abusing its power and suppressing dissent, and other issues.