To the Editor:
Without doubt the killing of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. As a man who suffered the loss of a child, my heart genuinely goes out to Trayvon’s parents. I know that no pain cuts deeper than the pain that comes with the loss of a child. But Trayvon having been shot and killed doesn’t equate to a crime if he was shot in self-defense.
We are a nation of laws and justice depends on the law always being applied in criminal cases. In the case of George Zimmerman, the law was applied. In fact, it was carefully applied and the evidence overwhelmingly supported George Zimmerman’s explanation of events. Based on the evidence, not emotion, George Zimmerman was and should have been acquitted because the evidence supported his having acted in self-defense. That is precisely what a jury of his peers decided.
I remind people that thousands of 17-year-olds were and some still are trained combat soldiers. They are NOT kids. They are strong young men. Many 17-year-olds have been convicted of horrific violent crimes and they were tried as adults. Trayvon was a large (over 6 feet tall) young man who, according to the evidence, attacked George Zimmerman who, after having his head bashed in to the cement, in an act of “self-defense” shot and killed his violent assailant. Had Zimmerman not been armed his assailant could have killed him.
As a senior citizen with severe COPD, I no longer have the physical ability to engage in a prolonged physical fight. I would suffocate from lack of oxygen. Hence, I have a CCL and I am well armed. There are a lot of violent offenders out there. I worry about the safety of my wife and myself. I’m not armed because I want to be armed. I’m armed because I think I need to be armed to be safe — just in case.
I hope and pray I am never put in a position where I am forced to shoot or kill another human being. But if I am ever in a life-threatening position, I pray that I am armed and that I have the strength and courage to pull the trigger. It is under such dire circumstances that we have CCLs, Second Amendment rights, guns and the legal right to defend ourselves.
Given the same set of circumstances, who among you would not shoot and kill to save your own life or the life of your loved ones?