Published: Wednesday, March 28 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
I read an interview withe the Florida legislator who authored the "stand
your ground" law. He says the law in no way applies to Zimmerman. Zimmerman
was armed and was pursuing Martin. That make him the aggressor. If anything, it
gave Martin the right to use deadly force on Zimmerman.
Who cant support the idea that someone can use"reasonable fear
of being killed or seriously hurt may use lethal force in
self-protection"Time will tell if this definition is applicable
to this case.But generally speaking, it would seem that in any case
where there are no witnesses and one person is dead, abuse of this law would be
easy."Yes officer, my spouse and I went for a walk in the woods
and then she got really mad and came at me. I was afraid so I shot and killed
her. Have you seen the nails on that woman?"Now, prove my story
is not true.
Incidents like this are the expected outcome in a society that glorifies
violence. The continued promotion of gun ownership by every man, woman, and
child in America will simply lead to more deaths.In fact, this case
is proof positive that society must be reformed. We can no longer afford to have
groups of freelance gunslingers roaming the streets.We can also no
longer afford to allow youths to immerse themselves in a hip hop gangster
culture that glorifies violence. This leads to youth who engage in risky
behavior that often leads to tragedy.Let us all reject gun-related
violence. Enough is enough.
Remember when that dancer accused the Duke lacross players of raping her and
hypocrites like sharpton, jesse jackson, and the entire black community called
for the kids to be kicked out of school, the team, and be put in jail for 20
years?Just one problem: She was lying every time she opened her
mouth. The black community lost a lot of my respect on that one. Quick to find
fault with white people and always playing the victim card before they know the
truth. And now we find out this kid is a drug user? Speaks volumes
for the kind of person he was. Sad he died, but the black community loves to
play the victim card whenever they can. Let's see what all the facts show.
Because he was "a drug user" he deserved to be shot? A 17-year-old kid
who was caught holding a bag containing some marijuana seeds? Yes, it does
speak volumes about the kind of person he was: He was a teenager.The "entire black community" called for the Duke LaCrosse team to be
kicked out of school? All 37 Million of them?And we will never know
what the facts show; the police did not bother to collect them.
Zimmerman can craft whatever story he wants as the only other witness is,
@Counter intelligenceThere was sort of a witness. No one actually saw
Martin (allegedly) throw the first punch. The "witness" heard the
incident from inside their home. They were no more an witness than Martins
girlfriend that he was talking to on the phone.
Mr. Zimmerman's account of the events is that Mr. Martin attacked him from
behind, somehow breaking his nose, and then had him on the ground pounding his
head into the pavement. But somehow Mr. Zimmerman was able to move his gun into
position to kill Mr. Martin. I have a hard time picturing how this
could happen. Did he slam his nose into the pavement? In which case Mr.
Zimmerman had to raise his arm behind his back to shoot? If Mr. Martin, an
athletic teenager was on top of Mr. Zimmerman, who was lying on his back,
wouldn't his arms have been pinned to his side? Wouldn't he have been
a bit woozy from having his head repeatedly slammed into the sidewalk?We'll never know as no photographs of Mr. Zimmerman's injuries at
the scene were taken by the police and there are not eye witnesses.
"And now we find out this kid is a drug user? Speaks volumes for the kind of
person he was"And consequently, it must speak volumes of Obama,
and George Bush.And the 40+% of high school students who have tried
marijuana. (per deseret news 2011)I certainly hope that no one sees
this as justification for his shooting.
This is another incident being used to divide the counrty. Supposed
"activists" Like Sharpton and Jackson hate the fact that there
isn't the kind of racism that existed 50 years ago. They are wolves in
sheeps clothing that fear a unified society.
"I have a hard time picturing how this could happen. Did he slam his nose
into the pavement? In which case Mr. Zimmerman had to raise his arm behind his
back to shoot? If Mr. Martin, an athletic teenager was on top of Mr. Zimmerman,
who was lying on his back, wouldn't his arms have been pinned to his side?
Wouldn't he have been a bit woozy from having his head repeatedly slammed
into the sidewalk?"This is a good example of conjection based
without facts. Conjecture of guilt based on assumptions of events. This is how
innocent people get convicted in courts.You know what happens when you
assume, it makes an....
I'm not assuming anything. Nowhere did I say I was assuming anything. I
was asking questions. I'm asking them to explain to me how it is possible.
This is a good example of gathering facts so the innocent are not convicted and
the guilty are.
To blame an entire lack community for this kin of thing is preposterous No more
generalizations like that one, please. I wish we could all be flies on the wall
where it comes to this case. I just think that there is a dead teenager, and
that is sad. I wish Mr. Zimmerman had heeded the rules and not carried a gun.
None of this would have happened.
I truly believe it is time for cooler heads to prevail. Let there be an
objective examination of the facts and let the system work. Take a deep breath
and exercise some patience.
re:JCSpringWow. A rare comment without blaming liberals.
Video has been released of Zimmerman at the police station after the incident.
There is no blood on the man. No gash in the back of his head. No broken nose.
Why has this story become a left/right issue? Why are conservative
radio hosts twisting themselves into knots trying to defend Zimmerman? Why is
it considered 'disgraceful' for President Obama to comment on this
I agree with the editorial's stance that we ought not rush to judgment. But
surely two judgments can be made based on available evidence. One is that the
initial police investigation was far too cursory. The second is that that law
is completely nuts.
It is a grievous moral offense to blindly call for the punishment of someone
before they have had the chance to exercise their constitutional rights in the
legal process. It is especially when the motivating force behind it has to do
with the color of their skin. Hopefully one day soon we will achieve the color
truly blind society of which Martin Luther King dreamed of decades ago.
I think we we need to wait until the "Facts" of the case are released,
and not try this case in the media with a limited set of facts thet those in the
media decide to show us to sensationalise the story.
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