George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, so he ought to be hanged and a keystone self-defense law should be scrapped, considering the continuing press demonization of both Zimmerman and a statute that had nothing to do with the fatal confrontation.
Yesterday’s ABC News interview with “Juror B29,” first discussed by this column, is part of the effort to discredit Zimmerman and the verdict – to which “Maddy” the juror ultimately agreed – and so was the MSNBC interview with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson. He told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the SYG law “ought to be changed.”
Here’s what the Buffalo News editorialized Thursday, contributing to the discontent: “Many observers believe that law is what gave Zimmerman the impetus to confront Martin, even after a police dispatcher warned him not to do so. The jury that acquitted him believed Zimmerman was ultimately acting in self-defense, after the unarmed Martin stood his own ground.”
If one carefully analyzes the evidence, as nationally-recognized firearms and self-defense expert Massad Ayoob has done in his Backwoods Home series, they will know the Buffalo News is spreading buffalo chips disguised as objective observation.
The Buffalo News calls SYG law an “atrocity.” How’s that for objectivity?
There is no evidence that Zimmerman confronted Martin, but there is evidence that Martin attacked Zimmerman. There is no evidence Zimmerman was emboldened to follow Martin, but there is evidence Zimmerman believed he was helping the police dispatcher, who did not “warn him not to” follow Martin, but did say that the police did not need him to do that, a fact that testimony confirmed had no force of law, according to Ayoob. It is also clear from the evidence that when advised by the call-taker that it wasn’t necessary for Zimmerman to follow Martin, he immediately broke off his effort and turned to go back to his car. It was then that he was struck with a nose-breaking blow and knocked down.
Arizona Sen. John McCain has interjected himself into the fray as well, the Buffalo News noted. McCain says the SYG law should be reviewed. Why? It had nothing to do with the case, though the newspaper acknowledges that the law “permeated everything from the day Martin walked through Zimmerman’s gated community to the still-reverberating aftermath of the trial.” Why is that? Because the press and the gun prohibition/anti-self-defense lobby has made it so from Day One of this case.
Sen. Nelson told Mitchell, “I think where there are the extreme cases, for example, a guy gets into a fight; he leaves, goes to his car, gets a gun and comes back and kills the person he was fighting. To use Stand Your Ground in that circumstance is ridiculous.”
The scenario Nelson described is not SYG. It might be first- or second-degree murder, but it is definitely not self-defense, and if Nelson doesn’t know that, MSNBC could have bounced it off one of their legal experts who does. However, to do that would run against the grain of the popular press narrative. The “white Hispanic” man gets away with murdering the 17-year-old “unarmed child” and uses a law that is very unpopular with the political left to accomplish that.
That’s not “Journalism 101.” It’s the basics of inciting a lynch mob.