I am happy that George Zimmerman is alive, and I wish that Trayvon Martin was too. Nevertheless, I must say that I am thoroughly disgusted with the American Media and the self serving, so called “leaders” of the racist “African American” community. They should be ashamed for their lopsided coverage and comments of the Zimmerman trial designed to inflame the community, incite to riot, and frankly increase the risk that more people will be killed. Trayvon Martin, a seventeen year old on the cusp of manhood is dead, because he chose to assault another man with the intention of severely beating him. Unfortunately for Trayvon, and his family, that man happened to be armed, and rightfully so, as are so many law abiding adult Americans.
George Zimmerman was a member of a neighborhood watch, but he did not have to be to stop his car and ask Trayvon Martin where he was going. Anyone has a right to do that at any time because we have freedom of speech. Perhaps George did not do so as cordially as he might have, and while ill advised this would not be a crime. George did not have to stop following Trayvon when the police dispatcher instructed him to stop. The dispatcher is not a sworn officer, and in any case was not present on the scene. Perhaps George should have thought twice about following Trayvon, but it was not a crime for him to do so. Remember, Trayvon was minutes away from his family, and could have just kept walking, or even told George where he was doing, but did not. Trayvon was a young person, and should have been taught to make a respectful, dignified answer when questioned by any adult irrespective of color, but he was not so trained. It appears obvious that George and Trayvon argued. In this they were both fools, for men should not argue, but reason together peacefully as men. Nevertheless, it is not a crime to argue.
The crucial moment in this sad little saga occurred when the two men began to fight. To quote Isaac Asimov, “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” It seems unreasonable that George should have initiated the physical conflict, given that he knew he was armed, but perhaps he did so by his words. “Fighting words” used to be a justification under the law for physical violence. Nevertheless, it was not a crime to do so, but initiating combat unlawfully was. But even this accounts for little in the Zimmerman and Martin matter.
What mattered was, that late in the evening in the dark, George Zimmerman was losing his fight with a stranger, on his back, physically exhausted, while fighting a healthy young man, who was on top of him, punching him in the face, and banging his head against the concrete. George, who was not a good fighter as witnessed in the trial, was in fear of his life. Rather than let his skull be crushed and the life beat out of him, as so many apparently wish he had, George chose to preserve his own life rather than Trayvon’s by drawing his gun and shooting the young man in the chest.
I have carried a gun as a free man, and an adult, every day for the past forty years. I wish that every other man did so as well. It has kept me out of the taverns and night clubs, it has taught me to, as Theodore Roosevelt said, “To speak softly and carry a big stick.” It has taught me to value my liberty, and to be willing to face death for it. It has taught me to value the lives of my fellow men and women. Yet, I expect at all times nothing less than the highest degree of respect and politeness from everyone I meet, and I certainly will not tolerate having someone put their hands on me, or cause me or another to be in fear of losing our lives. This is the lesson that both George and Trayvon should have been taught; a lesson that all should consider seriously. It is that all individuals have the responsibility to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen at all times, that all have the right to be secure in their persons, and all have the right to bear arms to secure their life, liberty, property. No amount of racist rhetoric, or threat of imminent violence will cause men of honor to shy from these precepts.