The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy, I just can not imagine the sorrow within the Martin family. That said, I’m disappointed – to say the least – at the media, many Hollywood actors, sport stars and other supporters of Martin who are completely ignoring the fact Zimmerman was getting beat up.
In no way, shape or form was this case ever about the stand your ground law in Florida. This was 100 percent a self-defense case. Why in the world are supposedly smart adults – like New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg – suggesting we must now take a serious look at the stand your ground laws in various states?
“Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably never be known,” Bloomberg said in a statement. But one fact has long been crystal clear: ‘shoot-first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns. Such laws – drafted by gun lobby extremists in Washington – encourage deadly confrontations by enabling people to shoot first and argue ‘justifiable homicide’ later.”
Nowhere in his statement does Bloomberg mention Zimmerman’s injuries, and to ignore those injuries – which are undisputed facts – is immoral and slanderous. I can not understand why people are ignoring these injuries when blows to the head can be deadly.
If someone took a baseball hat to Bloomberg’s head, would his security detail be justified in shooting the attacker? If Martin was banging Zimmerman’s head against a concrete sidewalk, does Zimmerman have the right to self-defense? Does he have the right to stop the threat? Certainly if Martin was slapping Zimmerman with an open hand, shooting would not be an acceptable level of defensive, but he wasn’t slapping him, evidence and witnesses – not just Zimmerman – indicate Martin was beating on him. All of the offensive injuries except the gun shot were on Zimmerman. Martin’s knuckles were injured as shown in evidence … the autopsy.
If you don’t think Zimmerman’s injuries justified shooting Martin to stop the threat, at what point do you think it would have been acceptable for Zimmerman to shoot if the attack continued? We have a broken, bloody nose and evidence showing blows to the head. At what point – if ever – would you feel justified making the attempt to stop the threat?
In early May, a soccer referee was punched by a 17-year old player and crumbled to the ground. With no visual injuries he was brought to the hospital and quickly went into a coma and died within a week. That was a closed-fist punch, just imagine what two blows to the head against a concrete sidewalk can do to someone.
We hear reports of baseballs killing people. Concussions killing people. Again, why is the media and fools like Bloomberg ignoring this?
I’m not saying I know Zimmerman’s injuries showed he was close to death and if he didn’t attempt to stop the threat he would die. I have no idea. Zimmerman states he believed his life was in danger, and his injuries certainly indicate this is a possibility. Do we ignore his statement and injuries?
You can try to blame Zimmerman for following Martin, but Zimmerman called the non-emergency police line before and while he was following Martin. Evidence suggests, Zimmerman STOPPED following Martin after the police dispatcher suggested “you don’t need” to follow Martin.
What it comes down to is this … after hearing weeks of testimony, the jury did not think Zimmerman committed either second degree murder or manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt. For those of you who think he should be convicted, how could you justify either charge? Honestly, this case never should have gone to trial, but it did … and justice was done.
The woman on TV last night telling Geraldo the case proves “we have an injustice system” is not right in the head.
Although not part of the court decision, you have to understand the jury felt Zimmerman felt his life was being threatened at the time and he had to make a terrible decision. Put his faith in God or blind luck that Martin would stop beating him, die, or fight. After at least two blows to the head on hard concrete, I could completely understand Zimmerman thought his life was in immediate danger and he was about to die if he didn’t do something.
To sum up again, this case had nothing to do with stand your ground laws and everything to do with self defense. If you hear anyone start talking about “fixing” the stand your ground laws because of this case, they need to have their head examined.