The Department of Justice announced earlier this week that they lacked any evidence to charge George Zimmerman with federal civil rights crimes for the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin, a fact completely unsurprising to those who have researched the tri-racial Zimmerman’s background and his diverse group of family and friends.

The inability to charge Zimmerman with crimes he didn’t commit seems to be infuriating to President Obama, and to out-going Attorney General Eric Holder:

Attorney General Eric Holder, during his final weeks in office, plans to ask Congress to lower the standard of proof in federal civil rights cases, a change that would make the federal government “a better backstop” against discrimination in cases like the deaths of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, according to NBC News and POLITICO.

“We do need to change the law. I do think the standard is too high,” Holder told NBC News Thursday. “There needs to be a change with regard to the standard of proof.”

Holder said that between now and his departure, likely in early March when the Senate is expected to confirm Loretta Lynch as his successor, he will call for a lower standard of proof for civil rights crimes, he told POLITICO. Such a change would make it easier for the federal government to bring civil rights charges in the future, the news organization reports.

The Justice Department said Tuesday that its independent investigation found “insufficient evidence” to charge George Zimmerman with federal civil rights violations in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

This interest in lowering the bar for federal prosecution should be viewed as terrifying for all liberty-loving citizens, regardless of their political party or special interests.

What Holder is promoting is nothing more or less than manufacturing an ability to use federal law to persecute both political and private vendettas.

Gun owners should be acutely aware that President Obama and other progressives intend to use “social justice” as a weapon for gun control, chilling the use of firearms for self-defense by law enforcement officers and private citizens alike.

It is no accident whatsoever that the current regime is fixated on the cases of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown as weapons to divide the electorate along racial lines. Progressive “social justice warriors” thrive on division, and the left has long attempted to portray gun rights as a “old white guy” issue.

Lowering the bar for prosecution in “civil rights” cases will be used against the lawful use of firearms in self-defense.

This attempt to enable politically motivated witch hunts cannot be allowed to stand.