Florida’s Strange Notion of “Self-Defense”

By Cole

Virginia, take notes: Here’s what happens when you let any fool who thinks he’s a Charles Bronson character have a handgun.

Somebody ends up dead.

The shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, is making national headlines. In case you’ve been under a rock…

On the rainy evening of February 26, Trayvon walked to 7-Eleven to buy Skittles and a can of iced tea. Strolling home through a quiet, gated townhouse neighborhood, Trayvon was chatting by cellphone with his girlfriend when he was spotted by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a burly, white/Hispanic, self-appointed Neighborhood Watch vigilante. Since 2004 (Corrected 3/22), while on his rounds, Zimmerman has called 911 46 times.

To Zimmerman, a black kid walking down the street in a hoodie meant “trouble.” Zimmerman followed Trayvon in his SUV and called 911. The dispatcher told Zimmerman to leave the kid alone.

But Zimmerman, with his gun, pursued and confronted unarmed Trayvon.

Within moments, Trayvon lay dead with a bullet in his chest. Zimmerman told the police he killed the slender boy in self-defense.

Apparently, the police response was, “Oh, well, that’s OK then. Have a nice evening.”

Florida has this “Stand Your Ground” law where you can kill anybody, claim it was self-defense, and the authorities readily agree the deceased had it coming and let you go your merry way.

Since he’s not been charged, the court of public opinion has Zimmerman on trial. Did he call Trayvon’s race “f**king coons” to 911? (I, and many humans who don’t have acute feline hearing, say yes.) Was Zimmerman just looking for trouble? Did he over-react?

All the answers seem to be yes, yet some people are still trying to defend this INSANE law and Zimmerman.

A boy is dead because Zimmerman pursued him when he was committing no crime. Trayvon, packing Skittles, was accosted by a much larger man with a gun. Now, WHO needed self-defense?

Nobody disputes that Zimmerman killed Trayvon. If there’s any justice, Zimmerman would be sitting in jail awaiting his trial for murder right now.

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5 Responses to Florida’s Strange Notion of “Self-Defense”

  1. Imabear says:

    There is so much I could say, but I’ll sum it up: This Is INSANE!

  2. Britta Moore says:

    My laptop died and I have been out-of-pocket lately but catching up, this is a travesty. However,in conservative, republican, good-ole-boy Florida, I am not the least bit surprised but nonetheless sad. I am amazed that local law enforcement took it so lightly. That sounds odd. I have to say that I hope the NAACP and whatever other watchdog agency which has a vested interest lands on them like a ton of bricks. Every community in Central Florida has a minority population. Public safety officials should be well-schooled in identifying what behaviors are risky versus those which are just normal, non-suspect activities.

  3. Zappa's mom says:

    Geraldo says that the problem is the hoodie and is advising young black and Hispanic men to not wear them.Im wearing a hoodie today as I go about running errands.Will i be shot in self defense because my Whole Foods shopping bag looks so menacing?

    ZM

  4. AJ says:

    Another shocking example of the racial hatred that exists between the Hispanic and Black communities in America. For years the right-wing media (I’m looking at you Fox) have been ignoring it but when it becomes front page news they have the nerve to act surprised. One of their idiots was even claiming this only became a story because ‘liberals’ thought Zimmerman was white! Something has to be done before this country tears itself apart. We are all the same race.

  5. catsworking says:

    ZM, we saw Geraldo talking about hoodies. Karen has been wearing one all winter, and so far nobody has tried to plug her while running through the Target parking lot.

    We liked what Obama said about the situation: “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

    People of all races can get together and elect a black president, yet if he happened to have a son who liked to wear hoodies and walk around outside in the evening, he could be taken for a criminal and shot. Nice.

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