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November 20th, 2013
10:50 PM ET

Frank Taaffe on George Zimmerman's gun affinity: "Boys will have their toys"

With George Zimmerman having recently been thrust back into the national spotlight, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked his former neighbor and Watch Block Captain Frank Taaffe to join the program with some insight on the 30-year-old Florida man.

Earlier this week, the man best known for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin in February of 2012 was arrested following a domestic dispute with girlfriend. Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, behavior that Taaffe says stems from trauma associated with his time on trial. Piers Morgan, however, wondered why a man suffering from PTSD might surround himself with guns. Taaffe's response quickly sent the interview careening in a wild direction:

"Well, boys will have their toys, as they say," said the guest in a rather flippant manner.

On a delay due to the fact that Taaffe was joining via satellite, Morgan could barely believe his ears once the words filtered in:

"What," asked an exasperated Morgan. "Whoa! Wait a minute ... wait a minute, boys will have their toys?"

Seemingly unable to comprehend Taaffe's comment, Morgan pressed forward:

"Is that really what you just said," he asked. "George Zimmerman, who shot dead an unarmed teenager and got off a murder rap, you're saying he should keep the guns despite his apparent trauma over the whole thing, because boys want their toys?"

As Taaffe attempted to justify his comment, and move the conversation forward, Morgan continued to go back to his guest's unfortunate comment:

"Think very carefully about what you just said, sir," insisted the host. "Boys and their toys ... they're not toys, Mr. Taaffe. Guns are not toys ... AR-15s are not toys."

Growing more agitated as the interview continued, Morgan suggested Taaffe ought to choose his words more carefully:

"Why do you trivialize it by describing guns as toys," he asked. "How would you feel if Trayvon Martin's parents are watching this very show tonight, as they may well be, and they hear you, George Zimmerman's good friend, apparently defending him by saying boys need to use their toys?"

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  1. wynsar

    Why did Piers not ask him who is paying him to be a Zimmerman cheerleader?...I do not believe for an instant this man is only a "friend".....Zimmerman is "protected" by the sinister gun manufacturing lobby.....CNN needs to probe deeper!

    November 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Riversong

      There's a sale on tinfoil hats at Wal*Mart.

      November 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • askmehow

      George Zimmerman Sr might have some pull from his days back partying in DC, but eventually everyone will realize the Zimmermans, West and O'mara families are doomed.

      November 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. AWK

    Piers, Just curious........? Can you please ask the people of Sandy Hook if they think that the weapon used on their children was a "Toy"? Wow, I feel cheated as a little boy by Santa Claus! He never gave me a "Toy" like the Sandy Hook killer and George Zimmerman. I'm upset with Santa's snub!

    November 21, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jstbrilliant

    Piers is a relatively uneducated entertainer not a legal expert. A jury found zimmerman not guilty... period. His presumptions are based solely on emotion and not fact. Piers, please go back to england where you can live among figureheads that impact the world to a very, very minimal extent. You will fit right in...

    November 21, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Phil in Canada

      Perhaps if America had remained a part of the British Empire a little bit longer, you folks wouldn't have turned into a bunch of bloodthitsry warmongering gangsters who's guns represent phallic replacements for zero manhood. Real men don't need guns. British culture includes, civility, the roots of modern democratic process amongst many other things that America, as it circles the drain....lacks. the way....last year Canada and the U.K. combined had about maybe 80-90 firearm murders....You guys....what?....about 11,000?....Ya just gotta love your toys

      November 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sandangel

        Phil in Canada, thank you for your post. It honestly gets more difficult for me as each day passes to admit I'm a U.S. citizen and the fact that I live in the U.S.

        November 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mccullougs

      Are you kidding. Piers is a very educated man and he is right, Zimmerman friend said Zimmerman is suffering from PTSD, so why do you think it's okay for him to have guns in his possession. Have you not been listening and reading about all the people that are being killed because gunmans having mental problems. Just this week a son tried to stab his dad (A senator) to death and then turned around a KILLED HIMSELF. What about Sandy Hook elementary? Get real man. Zimmerman is a loose cannon and will get away with murder again because of his claim of have mental problems and his friend Taafe will be the first to testify to his mental state.

      November 23, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sandangel

      I hardly think that Piers is uneducated. Also, I have never heard him express that he is a legal expert. Regarding his emotions, that is one of the many assets he possesses that makes him successful. Enough already of all you Piers haters telling him to go back to England. Get a life!

      November 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. camelot

    Agree..cheerio mate

    November 21, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. esr

    boys and there toys, what about the boy that was killed by sheriffs in santa rosa ca. for having a toy gun. and the comment about (zimmerman) he has the right to bear arms. does that apply to the boy he killed.

    November 21, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. rdt

    Good actor poor host

    November 21, 2013 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. peter

    Another fame seeking gold digger. She and her mother wanted to do a national interview 3 weeks before this incident to force him to get help but they wouldn't pay her enough. haha, yeah, she was really trying to get him help…..just as soon as she got that money for doing it. Gold digging ho! Not guilty George.

    November 21, 2013 at 2:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. cfredc

    We had to read the Guardian, from England, to learn about Trayvon Martin's thug life and the bag of earrings and rings and a large screwdriver – which he refused to explain.

    I ask Piers why he always says “George Zimmerman who shot Trayvon Martin, a unarmed teen” – and never, ever says, “George Zimmerman who shot Trayvon Martin, a unarmed teen who was pounding his head on concrete.”

    I suspect they’re just doing what’s socially acceptable in their milieu.

    November 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jrm

      People like you make this country a very scary and disappointing place.

      November 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cfredc

        Dear jrm,

        I don't understand why you said that. I just want all relevant facts reported, instead of a herd narrative.

        November 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bj

      I bet if if was your son or daughter that was killed, you wouldn't be saying what u say. you are pathetic sir...

      November 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • O L

      What does that have to do with the night he was coming home from the store?Go ahead I'll wait...

      December 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. max

    this you and ever one in the pocket of the power will not say a word about. that makes you cowards!

    November 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. max

    this is for you and ever one in the pocket of the power thaty will not say a word about it. that makes you cowards!

    November 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. max

    by the way what he was saying boy will have there toys. Was a joke! but the thing that he was saying that was got lost in your anger and screaming at him, was. Zimmerman was watching out for ever one not to get broken in to, and got attacked and beat almost to death. than he was put in jail, for trying to do a good thing, and save his life. ever one in the US turns on him, and calls him a hater of blacks, a child killer, but how can that be, when he helped out black kids and had taken a black girl to the dance? so that was not working, they marched and even said they wish to kill him, the black gangs did. than they said he shouldn’t have the right to have a gun. Oh and the Obama and congress got in to it too the act as well. The man has been through h, and he has to live with that he kill some one. But the knot out game not a word wow!!! Brain washing.

    November 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. tj jaxon

    Statistics prove that suicidal males are likely to use a gun if they have access to one but I doubt GZ would kill himself in this manner or any other. GZ is too caught up in getting the attention he craves to end it all.
    And there's still the NBC lawsuit. He has to cash in before he can cash out.

    November 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. John Crabtree

    Frank Taaffee is also an admitted White separatist. He did a whole bunch of radio shows for You should ask him about that Piers. The guy is a complete and utter piece of trash.

    November 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JimmyJam048

    Lot's of crazy people think guns are toys. They will also seek reasons to justify killing anyone at any time.
    The losers that support killers like Zimmoron are just plain pathetic.

    November 24, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Fil

    Most of us in the UK look over at the USA with a mix of bewilderment and complete incomprehension over your obesssion with guns. Ordinary citizens of a civilsed nation should never need them. As long as I live I shall never understand how and why every nutcase in the US can acquire as many as they want.

    It's not only nutcases who have them – little American children do too!!! I have read that little girls age six can have real battlefield assault weapons for christmas, finished in pink!!! How obscene. How appalling.

    You in the USA must surely now come to your senses and outlaw all firearms. A nation still under Wild West gun law is a nation of backward barbarians. Is that really the preferred behaviour of a so-called civilised advanced nation?

    Crass, ignorant red*****s like Mr Taffe should surely examine their consciences. The end result of his obession – and the gun lobby in general – can never be anything but blood, suffering and death. Even of little children sitting in their classrooms. Rows of tiny coffins laid out. How can he – how can anyone – justify, and even seem to approve of, all this blood?

    Ah well. If blood, suffering and death is what most of you really want, even if it involves your children getting shot to pieces, then so be it. But stay well away from here.

    November 26, 2013 at 5:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    How is it opportunistic for women having guns pointed at them in a threatening way to reprint this to the police? And this isn't against any codes in Florida? Hardly an enticement to vacation in Florida.

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