July 20, 2013

Zimmerman, Martin, America: Questions Worth Asking

Dammit. It’s been sitting here long enough out in the open… I’ll be the first fool to jump on this grenade (though it appears everyone is outside the blast radius).

So apparently something important happened in the news recently. I guess some verdict came down about something down in Florida? [Insert obligatory 'under a rock' statement]. It seems like everyone has a very important opinion on the subject, and it also appears that everyone went out and got a legal certificate from their favorite online university as well. Note: I’m not a lawyer and I don’t have any legal training, though I could probably play a lawyer on television. Fortunately for all of you (and for myself, frankly), I’m not here to talk about what I think about this major story.

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  • 556andbaconstrips

    No one is painting a picture of Martin as a cute and dudley kid with a teddy bear. Zimmerman clearly has a case of what a I like to call "john wayne syndrome". He's tough guy with because he has a gun, and with  the recent incident of a  911 call from his wife, getting stopped in TX the public will see the real zimmerman. Just like Rodney king,OJ, and others who were made famous in very public trials. The guy is a fuck up

  • YankeePapa

    Virginstateofmind, "...just as easily shot him in the leg..." (sic)   I can tell that you have never been in combat.  I'm not trying to rag on you, but this is the classic, "Lone Ranger shoot the pistols out of their hands..." thing. . ...You never draw a firearm unless you are justified and prepared to kill.  When things get crazy you are lucky to be able to do what you need to... without trying some stunt shooting.  A trained soldier or police officer who is losing a fight for survival often barely gets by. . ...When somebody is pounding your head into the pavement your life may very well depend on your first shot.  Police officers in his situation (where human life at risk) are trained to *always* fire so as to absolutely *stop* the criminal assault *immediately...*  "Scratch his paint and piss him off shots..." are not taught.  Unless you are a sniper with a head shot... or dealing with somebody that you know to be wearing body armor... "stopping" somebody means a "center of mass" shot and so police departments train.  When your gourd being smashed and you are losing... if you are lucky, you might get one shot. . ...Z's only real chance at a leg shot was *before* he had been assaulted... in which case, by following your advice, he would be guilty of a felony...  Son, you're wrong... and anybody that has ever been at the "sharp end" knows it.  Your intentions may be good, but they are false to fact, false to law, and false to survival... YP

  • Julesy

    LanceHeckerman Kendoist4162 This guy's autopsy revealed a lot about him as has the other findings that weren't allowed in court since he was 17. Do a little due diligence on Martin and a bigger picture will be revealed. He was the not the picture of a sweet 12 year old the media or the prosecution wanted you to see. He was trying to make a drink that has plenty of slang like 'lean' or 'krunk juice' or 'purple drank.' His mom sent him to live with his dad because she couldn't control him and thought he might get a better handle on things. No, this was not a sweet little 12 year old going to buy Skittles from the corner store.

  • LanceHeckerman

    "Zimmerman deciding he was the judge, jury and executioner, is not okay." What is your evidence of this? 1. He called 9/11 2. He was confronted by TM and then assaulted 3. I would not hesitate to do the same damn thing GZ had to decide if he was willing to possibly die that night and not shoot or he could shoot. The evidence clearly indicate he had a legitimate fear for his life as supported by the jury verdict and the evidence. Case closed. Your argument is personal feeling based emotion. That and a dollar won't get you a cup of joe.

  • LanceHeckerman

    Virginstateofmind TM was abusing a cough medicine concoction which is evidenced by liver damage that is consistent with that abuse. The skittles and drink were consistent with a text he sent out regarding this. He is not innocent. TM is responsible for his own death. The choice for him was to assault or not to assault. He chose to assault. Now we have one less violent thug on the planet. He was taller than Zimmerman so I don't get folks statements that he intentionally killed a kid. I guess we are supposed to card them before shooting.