Trayvon Martin

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

As I’ve been following the timeline of events regarding the Trayvon Martin case it makes me sad to think of what his parents must be going through.  I do think it’s unfortunate that the race card has been used though, as that is taking away from the facts of the case.  I wish black leaders would realize that when race is brought up it actually tends to hurt the credibility of the complaint.  And it is a disservice to Trayvon and his family to focus on race.  I’m disappointed that President Obama made the comment that if he had a son he would look a lot like Trayvon.  This just perpetuates racial tension.  This is not about race.  The reality here is that a young man lost his life when he should not have.  It does not matter what race he is, or what race the shooter is.  The reality is that justice needs to be served.  Let’s deal with whether it was racially motivated afterwards.

The facts as I’ve understood them are such:  George Zimmerman began following Trayvon Martin because he looked “suspicious”.  He called 9-1-1 to report this.  The 9-1-1 operator told Zimmerman to stop following the boy.  I heard this myself on the 9-1-1 recording.  George Zimmerman ignored the request and continued to pursue Trayvon.  If an unknown man that outweighs you by 80 pounds is following you, and you get scared and turn around and punch him in the face and hit him in the back of the head, isn’t that acting in self-defense?  Aren’t Trayvon Martins actions completely understandable?  And since when is shooting someone that is unarmed considered self-defense?  Zimmerman outweighs the kid by 80 pounds.  How about punching him back?  How about wrestling him to the ground?

In my opinion there is no evidence, other than finding out that Trayvon was armed, that can make Zimmerman’s actions justifiable.  He should be immediately arrested and charged with negligent homicide.  The facts are that he had no authority to follow this kid.  He was told by a 9-1-1 operator to stop following the kid.  Trayvon Martin is dead because George Zimmerman acted in a negligent and reckless manner by following a young man for no apparent reason.

If Trayvon Martin’s family, their lawyer, President Obama, and other black leaders would start focusing on the facts and not the race then maybe an arrest would be made.  Who cares at this point whether Zimmerman was a racist.  His friends seem to think he’s not.  If it’s determined that race played a role then we can chalk this up as a hate crime, but that can be determined during the lead up to the trial.

One final note:  While race has been what this case has been most focused on I think the more important political hotpoint should be gun control.  Whether you are for or against conceal and carry laws, this case is exactly what opponents of the law worry about.  When irresponsible citizens are allowed to carry guns on them, bad things will happen.  So at least if we are going to allow the conceal and carry laws the least we can do is prosecute fully those that pose the threat that opponents of the laws fear.

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