The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin
I was just about to do a post on that poor young man that was shot murdered in Florida. I happened to read SilverFiddle’s take on the incident and there is no way that I could say it any better:
A Stupid Gun Owner is a Dangerous Gun Owner
Responsible gun owners and defenders of the right to self-defense must demand the prosecution of George Zimmerman
Police in the central Florida town of Sanford have said that 28-year-old George Zimmerman says he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense during a confrontation in a gated community. Police have described Zimmerman as white; his family says he is Hispanic and not racist. (US News)
Neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman murdered young Trayvon Martin. I don’t see how a reasonable person could reach any other conclusion. News outlets are blaming Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, but that’s just agenda reporting.
Nothing in that law green-lights what Zimmerman did. He was flat-out wrong. Criminally wrong. You can’t just go chasing law-abiding citizens down the street at the point of a gun.
Zimmerman told a police dispatcher that the teen was “up to no good” because he was walking through his neighborhood “just walking around, looking about” with his “hands on his waistband.” Does the idiot have kids? That’s what teens do!
Zimmerman chased after Martin, complaining to the dispatcher, “These a******s always get away.”
Hell yeah! When a gun-toting man is chasing you, you’re going to try to get away. Of course Martin’s going to run. He probably thought Zimmerman was a pedophile or some kind of crazy person. He had every right to run. He also had a right to turn around and “jump” Zimmerman “from behind” (how do you get jumped from behind by someone you’re chasing? Zimmerman is lying.)
When someone chases you down and assaults you, you have a right to fight back. Too bad the kid didn’t end up kicking the dumb bastard’s head in.
Critics are calling for a repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in the wake of the killing, but that is like calling for the repeal of driving automobiles every time a pedestrian gets run down.
The perpetrator was not “standing his ground,” he was chasing down an innocent young man who was just trying to get back to his house before the second half started. If anything, had the kid killed Zimmerman, that same law would have protected him.
This is a tragedy. It is assault with a deadly weapon and murder. And Florida’s Stand Your Ground law needs to stand. It will protect potential victims from assaults by people like George Zimmerman.
The Martin family deserves justice for their son. Mr. Zimmerman needs to be charged and tried. Let a jury of his peers decide what his punishment will be. The city/town of Sanford also deserve a new police chief, one that will follow the letter of the law. This case is screaming for an arrest and he should be doing just that.
Although, I do want make another point that Silverfiddle didn’t cover in this, the fact that media is purposely fanning the flames of racism by reporting incorrectly that Mr. Zimmerman is white. That is not a small point when charges of racism are flying around so freely. Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic.
You should also go and read DaTech Guy’s take on this as well. He makes some very good points too. The numbers of black on black crime that don’t seem to generate all the outrage that this case is generating. It is very possible that Mr. Zimmerman had some issues with race. It is also very possible that he has some issues with aggression and anger management that had nothing at all to do with race. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on that until more evidence is presented. But he needs to be arrested and charged. Let a jury decide his fate.
Rest in Peace Trayvon.