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On GBTV Tuesday, Glenn examined an idea called “The Bubba Effect” and how the tragedy of Trayvon Martin could lead to chaos as the phenomena takes hold. As he gave the latest on the case – and expressed sympathy for the mother as this all unfolds in the public square – Glenn explained why we need to let the justice system run it’s course rather than turn to vigilante justice as some radical groups propose.

To start, Glenn described that “The Bubba Effect” takes hold when:

1) People feel they’ve been pushed over the edge by an overbearing government or force
2) Someone responds with violence
3) The rest of the people, even though they know the violence was wrong, feel the government is worse so they support the person who lashed out

“From there it just gets worse,” Glenn said.

Glenn used the example of a terrorist attack to illustrate his point. He said a radical Muslim could hijack a plane and blow up a building. In response, there is increased security by the TSA at airports and other invasive policies. But at the same time, the government doesn’t enforce the border, bows to political correctness, and gives a tour of the National Counterterrorism Center to a Hamas operative. All of these are security failures when America is facing a threat.

Glenn said that as people get frustrated, “The Bubba Effect” can take control. In response to the government incompetence and amid rising tension, a guy ends up shooting a Muslim. But when the government arrives, the community stands with the shooter who just committed murder because they think the government is even worse. “The Bubba Effect” has taken hold.

Think it’s impossible? Glenn pointed out that the New Black Panthers were now putting up pictures of George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s killer, with a message saying “Wanted Dead or Alive”.

“This is encouraging someone to take matters into their own hands,” Glenn said. “That’s the basic idea of ‘The Bubba Effect’.”

“Now, let me be clear: I am not defending George Zimmerman in any way. Right now I think he’s most likely guilty,” Glenn said.


Glenn said, however, that it’s not unlikely to think something could happen to Zimmerman. He’s one of the most hated people in the national conversation. The New Black Panthers are calling for an “eye for an eye”; Spike Lee is tweeting out his address; and CAIR is calling for “justice” and so is Farrakhan.

Glenn said if these radical groups, like the Black Panthers, get what they want and Zimmerman is killed in retaliation, it could lead to a “Bubba” to commit further violence and kill a Black Panther in response. And when “The Bubba Effect” takes hold, the “Bubba’s” community stand up for the murderer because the government didn’t step in to protect Zimmerman when all these radical group’s called for vigilante justice before he had his day in court. It just creates chaos and gets worse from there.

“Zimmerman should have his day in court. If he’s denied that, if something happens to him, all it does is take America one step closer to more chaos,” Glenn said.

Glenn also expressed sympathy from Martin’s mother, who has trademarked the phrases “I am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon”. Glenn said that he feels like her son is about to be a part of a major movement, as people express their sympathies while others, like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, are accused by former NAACP President C.L. Bryant of trying to exploit the death to racially divide the country.

“I really feel for his mom. Not only has she lost her son, but she’s got to deal with his death being argued out in the public square like a political hot potato,” Glenn said.

Glenn concluded that while many investigators are calling for the public to let the system run its course, many of the radicals don’t want to wait.

“Most of the extremist elements – The Black Panthers, Farrakhan, etc. – are calling for the exact opposite and don’t want to wait.

“Let’s pray the system takes its course before some lunatic decides to listen to the words of The Black Panthers and try to get an ‘eye for an eye’.”

“That’s not how America works.”