Distracting From The Real Issue
I’ve been thinking over this Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman thing (as it is all the rage in the news these days) and a sudden thought hit me today. Why is the discussion only about race? WTH!? (What the Heck!?) There is a much bigger issue here and it is crazy!
So as I pondered all the racial questions, the motive behind this, the whole hoodie and Skittles thing, the right to bear arms thing, listened to the police call over and over again etc. I missed one glaring thing that is the overarching key issue here.
Let me slow down and get you to where this all came from:
A guy, who is supposed to be a neighborhood watch guy is neighborhood watching (not neighborhood defending because that is the job of the police). This guy has a gun he has legally. He sees somebody he perceives to be a threat or dangerous or suspicious or whatever. This person looks at him and (I guess) heads in his direction then walks briskly away. This neighborhood watch person then follows this person (apparently even going so far as to drive after the person and then a ways down the road getting out of the car near this person. Then this neighborhood watch person is so scared of this person that he walks this scary person down, pulls a gun on this young man (who is apparently armed with a bag of Skittles) and shoots him out of fear.
The real question at hand is:
Is there a law someplace in the United States that says a person can feel intimidated by a person he/she sees on the street, chase the (potentially unarmed person) down the street, run up on this person, and shoot this unarmed person in cold blood and be perfectly within the law because he or she found that person to scary, intimidating or to look shady.
If there is such a law, there is a list of people I need to be scared of in the next couple of days.
This is without even considering the police officer on the phone trying to talk this guy out of following Trayvon or even considering what made this young man armed with Skittles seem so dangerous to Mr. Zimmerman.
Government agents, law enforcement, military personnel, armed security guards, armored car drivers etc. none of these can chase down people simply because the are intimidating or look suspicious and shoot them in cold blood.
As a matter of fact, an armed person (who does not have a badge on) following an unarmed citizen of the United States is not only an aggressor, but if the police showed up, I have to ask myself which one should their guns be pointed at?
In other words, if Treyvon had hit this strange man with a gun that was following him all over Florida with a brick or a bat, I think he would have been the innocent one.
The other big question is: How is this even a case? This should be automatic. This guy chased down and murdered a kid. The race thing is a secondary issue.
A real shocking thing for me is the people who protest against this guy being charged and want this guy to be set free with no charges. Who are you and what country do you live in (or planet do you live on). Are you sure you want to set a precedent that a parson can say that a person looks suspicious, follow them down the street, shoot them in cold blood with no real reason and not even be charged with anything. That can’t possibly end well.
I am a firm believer in the right to bear arms. I also believe in the right for people to get drivers licenses. I don’t believe in the right to cold blooded, unprovoked murder and more than I believe in the right for a person to drive on the curb and run someone over that they are scared of or looks suspicious.
If we get past all of the hype, this is just common sense. This Zimmerman guy has a real problem. He, as a private citizen, chased down a young, unarmed man, shot and killed him. Black, white, Chinese, Latino, or whatever; it is a crime. A very serious one. This man, did a premeditated murder. I am not convinced that I have evidence that he didn’t really believe this guy might have done some crime or that his intentions were to kill a black person or anything of that nature. What I do know is that he followed a young man that turned out to be unarmed , shot and killed him. He was willing to risk prison and the death penalty to seriously harm or kill another person and has earned that.
All of the racial profiling talk, right to bear arms talk etc. are discussions for after this guy is in prison for such an egregious crime.