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Presence of firearm in Martin case woefully unaddressed (Heads full of mush alert)
The Lamron of SUNY Geneseo ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jessica Maslyn

Posted on 04/27/2012 10:12:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Since the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, racial backlash concerning the incident has consumed the media. Many suggest that Martin’s death stems from an inherent suspicion in this country of young black males. Others disagree with this assessment, citing that Zimmerman is Hispanic and therefore a minority himself.

While I do not deny the significant role race played in Martin’s death, a key element of the case has seemingly gone unnoticed – 28-year-old George Zimmerman, Martin’s shooter, was unnecessarily armed with a 9 mm pistol.

Regardless of Martin’s race and Zimmerman’s intentions, why was a 9 mm handgun in play? Is this a necessary weapon to carry when on neighborhood watch? Zimmerman apparently thought so, but I beg to differ.

The instant a gun is introduced in any sort of altercation – violent or otherwise – the parties involved are invited to act with increased aggression, citing self-defense as their reasoning. Zimmerman’s defense, based on the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, follows this pattern.

According to the law, an individual without a weapon may react violently even if a gun isn’t directly pointed at them. A mere glimpse at a hidden gun can leave one party feeling defenseless and as though the threat on their life has been raised.

Further, personally owned guns are notoriously turned against the very individual who owns them. According to a study done by Director of RAND Health Arthur Kellermann, a member of a household where a gun is present is almost three times as likely to be a victim of homicide compared to gun-free households. The question of malicious intent thus becomes futile because both parties are apparently operating under the pretenses of self-defense. In short, the presence of such a weapon elevates a dispute past the point of no return.

It is for these reasons that a gun has no place in a neighborhood watch program. Intent aside, my feeling of safety would greatly decline if I knew that an armed neighbor was patrolling the streets of my neighborhood.

Zimmerman’s use of a gun as a means of protection becomes all the more trivial with the knowledge that he was in close vicinity to his vehicle. Was this vehicle a too-passive form of defense in the event of conflict? Zimmerman apparently thought so, but again I disagree.

It’s also safe to say that the added precaution of a fellow volunteer would have been more effective than the defense provided by a weapon. Zimmerman clearly felt that his volunteer position put him at enough risk to warrant carrying a gun. So how could he possibly be in a secure-enough position to be on duty alone?

The contradicting accounts of what actually happened on the night that Trayvon Martin was shot have left this case muddled and unclear. Police reports and witnesses from the Florida neighborhood, Martin’s girlfriend and Zimmerman’s father all cling to varying portrayals of the same story. What remains as the trigger of these events, however, is the faulty decision George Zimmerman made to carry a gun that February night.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: banglist; georgezimmerman; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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To: JD_UTDallas

Highly informative and interesting account of western hemispere history that I’d not ever heard or read about.

41 posted on 04/27/2012 4:31:19 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It IS heartening to read the comments, this college dipsh!t is being “taken to school” in a big way!;)

42 posted on 04/27/2012 8:32:23 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: maine yankee

Don’t forget this is from NY, and I’m sure a lot of NY’ers think the Sullivan Act covers the entire state;) In NYC, you have to prove you’re being stalked or threatened before you can be armed (unless you’ve got connections;) /s

43 posted on 04/27/2012 8:42:38 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
9 mm handgun in play? Is this a necessary weapon to carry when on neighborhood watch? Zimmerman apparently thought so, but I beg to differ.

Beg is what you would have to do for your life from a thug since you refuse to be a responsible adult and protect yourself. Good luck with that.
44 posted on 04/27/2012 11:09:19 PM PDT by D1X1E
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To: freedumb2003

As has been noted previously, your screen name is appropriate. FYI, the Constitution for the United States GRANTS NOTHING to We, the People. It is our contract with the Several States which creates, then grants certain limited authority and power to FedGov and requires all levels of government to protect our God-granted, PRE-EXISTING rights. What government grants, government can taketh away, which is the Marxist position. What God grants, only He can taketh away. Which was the Founders’ position.

45 posted on 04/28/2012 1:18:58 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: dcwusmc

My clumsy phasing was politely pointed out and clarified by several kind posters.

And they saw no need for insults.

If you claim to be on God’s side, you should not conduct yourself as if you a minion of Satan.

46 posted on 04/28/2012 1:28:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can’t anyone say “GOOD SHOOT”?

47 posted on 04/28/2012 2:38:15 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: S.O.S121.500

I don’t know whether it has been determined that Mr.Zimmerman shot Mr.Martin purposefully.

Mr.Martin may have grabbed for the gun upon seeing it and seized it by the barrel. Mr.Zimmerman, to prevent the gun’s seizure, grabbed the gun by its grip. The shooting may have been accidental.

The police, I suspect, would have fingerprinted the gun after the shooting as per procedure. If not then there is only Mr.Zimmerman’s word against the forensic evidence of a bullet wound.

48 posted on 04/28/2012 3:29:59 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll
I don’t know whether it has been determined that Mr.Zimmerman shot Mr.Martin purposefully.

I agree with you.

Mr. Zimmerman never said that he pulled the gun to shoot Mr. Martin.

He said that Mr. Martin sucker punched him in mid-sentence, jumped on him while he was on the ground, and proceeded to beat on him. He said that Trayvon then tried to take his gun, and then .... boom... Trayvon keeled over backwards, dead.

From all accounts, Mr. Zimmerman was upset over Trayvon being dead, and in the struggle I doubt whether Mr. Zimmerman knows WHO pulled/pushed the trigger.

I suspect Mr. Martin pulled on the gun barrel while it was pointed his way, or he reached for the handle and trigger, putting enough pressure on Mr. Zimmerman's fingers , squeezing down the trigger.

As has recently been made public, Mr. Zimmerman got the gun to protect himself from PIT BULLS at the ADVICE OF THE POLICE, and never had any intention of using it on humans.

49 posted on 04/29/2012 7:19:18 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This whole Obama is a Arab thing was stared with Kenneth Lamb. I’m surprised that there are still some people who believe him. Ask Beckwith how reliable a source Lamb is. Lamb never provided any proof. When Beckwith asked for some back in ‘08, not once but several times, Lamb to this day never responded.

50 posted on 04/29/2012 1:11:49 PM PDT by Jacob Kell (Just because one is famous doesn't mean that they know more than everybody else.)
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