Regardless of how you look at the interaction between George Zimmerman and Tryvon Martin the end result is a huge tragedy for both families! Both families are forever changed and one family has lost a child. Many “what if’s” persist as there always are after a tragedy like this one.
What if George Zimmerman had not been on neighborhood watch that night?
What if Tryvon Martin had not beaten up George Zimmerman?
What if George Zimmerman was not caring a gun?
What if 911 had not been called and there was no recorded evidence and there were no witnesses?
Really only 2 people know what happened that night and tragically only one survived.
The reality in our society going back to the colonies and the frontier days and which continues even today is that “Personal Protection” is a “Personal Responsibility”. There is a lot of truth and wisdom in the statement that an “Armed Society is a Polite Society”. The reality of crimes is that all too often the police show up at a crime scene too late to really impact the situation. Ultimately it is the INDIVIDUAL who decides weather to be or NOT to be a victim.
Recently the Supreme Court has ruled that Illinois’s restrictions on Concealed Carry was unconstitutional and fortunately the state legislature has passed a Concealed Carry law that will soon be enacted making it the LAST state in the Union to pass a Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) law.
Illinois “LAST” state in Union to Allow Citizens 2nd Amendment CCW protections
Gov. Quinn of Illinois working hard to undermine Concealed Carry Bill
The right to self defense is not a law that is bestowed upon individuals by any politician or any government or government agency. In many ways the god given rights our founding fathers cited of “LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS” were a prologue to the Bill of Rights and the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment was in fact an extension of this God Given right to self preservation of LIFE in order to have Liberty and thus Pursue happiness.
Just today in the news Eric Holder the Attorney general of the United States who swore an oath to protect & defense the constitution stated that “Stand Your Ground” rules are bad and need to be look into further despite the fact that that law was not an issue in the Zimmerman trial or acquittal. This shows a very basic and mis-information and lac of knowledge by the highest law enforcement official in the country as to the basic principles of self defense.
Holder speaks out against ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws after Zimmerman verdict
“By allowing — and perhaps encouraging — violent situations to escalate in public — such laws undermine public safety. The list of resulting tragedies is long and, unfortunately, has victimized too many who are innocent.
More than 20 states have so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws, which became the subject of national debate after Zimmerman, 29, said he fatally shot an unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in self-defense on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.
Zimmerman did not invoke Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law and ask for an immunity hearing before the trial, but the jury that acquitted him received instructions that borrowed language from the statute, specifying that if “he was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force.”
Eric Holder is showing his ignorance and is essentially demagouging the issue and important concept of self defense which was the crux of the Zimmerman defense. Self Defense that BASIC CIVIL RIGHT that every citizen has to protect themselves from grave bodily damage.
Below are the DEFINITIONS and criteria for the application and use of Deadly Force in the State of Florida:
776.012 Use of force in defense of person.—A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or
(2) Under those circumstances permitted pursuant to s. 776.013.
Imminent Death or Great Bodily Harm as perceived by the person at the time of the application of the deadly force and a reasonable person approach is the key to the above law. George Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTY because of the law and definition of the Use of Deadly Force and his right to Self Defense.
The whole concept of Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permits and licenses is to train the public to be armed and ready, to be “Sheepdogs” for those who choose to attack others and cause harm, death and grave bodily damage to their fellow citizens. As such a well trained CCW holder is a benefit to our society and the people who choose to arm, train and put themselves at risk in our society are the TRUE heroes and should be lifted up as such and not Demonized and scapegoated like George Zimmerman was by the media.
The REAL CRIME here was that George Zimmerman’s use of a gun as a means of self protection was on trial, the basic human right of self defense was on trial in this case…..and SELF DEFENSE WON!
WELCOME to All Supporters of the 2nd Amendment, Shooting and Firearms Enthusiasts!