The fallout from George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin exposes the breadth of the divide between racist and anti-racist America. Zimmerman’s act forces people who believe in a civilized society to take a stand against it, against massive distribution of guns, and against “Stand Your Ground.” In contrast, the shooting brings racists and gun nuts out of the closet. In a typical example of the “logic” wielded by the ranting ignorati, a group much courted by Fox News, one Internet poster claimed Trayvon Martin did not have the iced tea and candy with him when he died because—drum roll—he reached home, left them there, and went out again, presumably to beat up Zimmerman or to rob someone’s house. That this conflicts with every reliable account of Martin’s death does not faze this fellow one bit.
Zimmerman claimed he carried a gun because of a pit bull that frequently got loose in the neighborhood.
Zimmerman's gun was loaded with hollow-point bullets--bullets that expand upon impact, maximizing internal damage and the chances of death. You don't need hollow-point bullets to stop a pit bull. And you don't need hollow-point bullets to stop a robber. The Atlantic
As the piece in The Atlantic goes on to note, burglars pick their particular area of “expertise” because of a wish to avoid violent confrontation. Otherwise, they’d be in the street mugging someone or at the 7/11 brandishing a gun.
Zimmerman claims Martin bashed his head against the concrete but Martin’s body was discovered face up on the grass, where, in fact, at least one witness placed the scuffle. Zimmerman’s explanation for Martin’s face-up position was that he didn’t realize the boy was dead so he flipped Martin over to straddle him.
Much speculation has surrounded the cries for help heard that night. Trayvon’s mother believes the voice is that of her son. Zimmerman’s father insists it is the voice of his son. But Martin’s mother makes a good point when she argues that if, as Zimmerman insisted, Trayvon held his hand over the man’s mouth, causing him to feel he would suffocate, how on earth did he scream?
According to the coroner’s report, no evidence exists on Trayvon Martin’s hand that he attacked Zimmerman with the viciousness claimed. But if Trayvon lost it, so what? Is it okay to stalk someone and shoot them when they try to defend themselves against someone whose motives they can’t fathom?
So much in court will depend on what was in George Zimmerman’s mind when Trayvon Martin putatively attacked him. But what must have been in Martin’s mind when he kept seeing the hulking, mute Zimmerman following him?
Zimmerman accompanied a police detective on the route he says he took the night of the killing. His story is videotaped as they drive around. Global Grind exposes the points of contradiction between Zimmerman’s reenactment version of events and the tape of his 911 call. Zimmerman Reenacts Crime
In the reenactment, Zimmerman claims Martin jumped out from some bushes to attack him, taking him completely by surprise. But the only bushes Martin could have hidden behind at the spot Zimmerman points to look about two or three feet high and, even then, are located at such distance from the walkway, any advantage of surprise would have been lost as Martin, presumably puffing as he was reported to have been running, loped over several yards of grass.
Zimmerman additionally claims the only reason he exited his truck after being told not to follow Martin was because the 911 operator had asked him to get out and look at the street sign in order to tell her precisely where Martin had gone. No such request is recorded on that tape. Moreover, as a neighborhood watch volunteer, Zimmerman patrolled those streets and as a resident he lived on them and drove over them constantly. and the complex has only three main streets, one of which Martin was using. Yet Zimmerman didn’t know the name of it? He excuses himself by laying claim to a “bad memory.”
Zimmerman repeatedly told police that Trayvon Martin sucker-punched him, tried to suffocate him and bashed his head into the concrete to the point it felt his “head was going to explode.” He said Trayvon tried to take his gun from him before saying: “You’re going to die tonight, motherf—–.”
But [Sanford Police Detective] Serino wondered why Zimmerman’s skull wasn’t fractured, why he didn’t know the street names of a tiny neighborhood where he’d lived for three years… Serino got him to acknowledge what Trayvon’s parents and lawyers have said all along: that Zimmerman got out of his car that night not so much to check for an address to give police, but to find out where the teen went. News One
Floridians support “Stand Your Ground”, as apparently do the citizens of more than 32 states with such legislation. While the rest of the developed world shrinks from spreading guns around, America passes laws that permit guns in everything from church to school, enabling drunks to arm themselves before going out to cruise the bar scene.
Despite widespread outrage over the Florida case, gun-friendly senators in Washington want to make it easier to extend those laws to most of the country [which] would set the United States, where there are more firearms in private hands than in any other country, even farther apart from the rest of the industrialized world as far as guns are concerned. And it would mark yet another success for the National Rifle Association (NRA) in its long campaign against gun controls. Reuters
Apparently too many Americans believe African Americans have no right to defend themselves against a white stalker, and they have put their money where their mouths lie (double entendre intended). CNN and CBS seem to want to line up with them, CNN giving air time to Zimmerman’s lawyer to appeal for more donations, CBS sending flowers to Zimmerman’s parents, because, according to Zimmerman’s sister, they knew “we are going through a difficult time.” Sun Sentinel
I feel for them.