Sometimes I’m a poet and don’t know it. This popped into my head. I googled it and of course, the rhyme is so obvious that of course it’s been done before. It does not, however, seem to be associated with Trayvon Martin, and the full phrase, “Snitches get stitches, thugs get slugs” come up only once.
Catchy phrases that stick in people’s heads are a staple of propaganda and advertising, and rational people tend to say things like “Self-defense has to be considered a basic right, as implied by the Second Amendment, and furthermore its deep-seated history in English common law.” Kind of a mouthful. Why not a simple phrase that the criminally inclined among us, much enamored of the idea that they can intimidate others into silence and accommodation, as witnessed by the treasured phrase “Snitches get stitches”, will hold in their brains? And why not ruin their fun by associating it with the bitter reality they face, “Thugs get slugs”?
Let’s get the word out that “Snitches get stitches, thugs get slugs”. And make the armed self-defense slogan just “Thugs get slugs”. And the Trayvon Martin case summary- “Trayvon Martin? Thugs get slugs.”