The Zimmerman trial has concluded and a not guilty verdict has been rendered. The blogs are abuzz. Hell even my own blogroll was filled with Zimmerman this, and Martin that. Man with a Muckrake is not immune. The previous thread involving neanderthals ended with Zimmerman trial talk. So why not present a forum to talk about it? Me, I don’t care. I told my buddy SQ a couple days ago that I didn’t think too much of it fifteen months ago. Some Mexican dude shot a black kid and is using some stand your ground law as defense. That is pretty much all I know about this case. You may ask why. The answer is simple. I don’t care.
Mexicans shoot Blacks here all the time. And vice verse. As I told SQ, I have officially become desensitized to this. I live in a city that saw more than 500 gun related homicides last year. I’m sure the majority of them were young black kids. And I couldn’t tell you one of those kids names. But boy, everyone has heard of Trayvon Martin. And that is what the story should be in my opinion. Why do we care about this one event in Sanford Florida? What about all the other nameless kids (Unarmed by the way) shot on various streets every day? Especially in my fair city. Originally it was a news story because of this stand your ground law. NRA, guns, blah blah blah. I could at least understand that argument. But it has somehow evolved into nothing more than race. Is it an issue? Sure, why not? But what makes this case more special than any other in this country? The thread that was attached to the previous post speaks volumes about the passion people have in regards to this case. In that thread, our very own Engineer of Knowledge included a link to a blog (Progressive Professor). Yes I read the comments on that blog, and the subsequent comments on Muddy’s thread. From my point of view, this whole subject is a powder keg. So I figured hell with it. I’ll light the fuse over here.
Zimmerman was found not guilty and everyone is appalled. But in my opinion, (remember, I do not know the facts of the case) the outrage is directed at the wrong thing. Now I don’t know the details of stand your ground laws, but it seems that per the law, maybe Zimmerman is innocent. And that’s where the problem lies. The ability to carry a gun combined with a stand your ground law is very likely what cost Martin his life. I mean come on. The pictures I’ve seen of Zimmerman, he just looks like a coward. A beer muscle kind of guy who is always aware of the location of his peace maker. In fact I’m willing to bet the Mr. Zimmerman has the opinion that the reason so many gang bangers are shooting each other is because “kids today” are to afraid to take an a## beating. Sort of ironic, since that may be the very thing that cost Trayvon his life.
In the end George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury. The system worked in my opinion. But how? A young unarmed man needlessly lost his life. There in lies the issue and the very thing that seems to be escaping America. The problem isn’t the not guilty verdict. The problem is the laws that enabled a not guilty verdict to be rendered. And the castle laws are even better. Who here climbed and jumped a neighborhood fence in order to take a shortcut to the arcade? I know I did. And my Daughter is getting to the age where she will be too. Just think, there are states that have a law that says your twelve year old child may be shot for doing that very same thing. I could have been shot. And a not guilty verdict would have been rendered! Maybe the NAACP should be going after law makers instead of Zimmerman for civil rights violations. After all, the laws were passed, and the next Trayvon Martin is out there somewhere.