Debate Magazine

Trayvon Matin - One Year Ago Today

Posted on the 26 February 2013 by Doggone
Racist George Zimmerman, who accused EVERY male black teen he saw in his neighborhood of being a criminal, regardless of the reality, and who made his black neighbors uncomfortable with his racism, shot and killed Trayvon Martin on this day last year.
Zimmerman stalked and harassed a teenage minding his own business, got into a confrontation with him that he - Zimmerman - instigated, and then shot him.
One life taken from Trayvon Martin, other lives including his own ruined, by George Zimmerman, who has tried to take advantage of this to live extravagantly, but is now running out of money. Again.
This is the reason that shoot first laws are bad; they have resulted over and over in citizen vigilantes making themselves judge and jury and executioners too many times, and have removed the accountability.  There is no need for shoot first laws; there are no lines of people who were being arrested for having justifiably shot themselves in self-defense; our self-defense laws were, if anything, too lenient already.  Castle doctrine has evolved in the United States very differently than in every other country in the world, where the history of such laws always - ALWAYS - require, quite properly, that shoot first be a last resort, not the first resort; this includes a duty to retreat, as it should here in the United States.
Instead, we not only give excessive latitude to shooting people at home, we arm people who are badly trained, not evaluated for mental, physical or emotional fitness, not trained in the legal distinctions of what is and is not allowed, and we turn them loose on our streets unsupervised - and don't hold them properly accountable. Those who are the victims of wrongful shootings cannot sue; those who are the survivors of wrongful shooting deaths cannot sue, because shooters are not liable, not required to have the same resources for liability as duly authorized law enforcement.
So many of the things that are wrong with shoot first laws are clear in the Trayvon Martin murder.
I can only hope that George Zimmerman's case results in more of these laws, ALL OF THEM DRAFTED FROM CORRUPT ALEC MODEL LEGISLATION funded by the NRA, instead of being drafted by legislators in each state, being rejected or repealed.  NOWHERE have these laws resulted in less crime; EVERYWHERE they have passed they have resulted in more shootings, homicides that should not have happened.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Kotte Kadubu: a Symbol of Tradition Wrapped in Moulds of Faith

    Kotte Kadubu: Symbol Tradition Wrapped Moulds Faith

    Having celebrated Ganesh Chathurthi last week with all the religious fervour, this post is a look at one of the traditions followed each year on the day of the... Read more

    The 19 September 2018 by   Rashmi Gopal Rao
  • Mintd Box + Oskia London

    Mintd Oskia London

    What happens when a luxury beauty box joins forces with a very famous skincare brand? This month's box is what! This September, Mintd Box have collaborated... Read more

    The 19 September 2018 by   Kellilash
  • North American T-6D Texan/Harvard

    North American T-6D Texan/Harvard

    @ Madras, OR August 2015 First flown in 1935, more than 15,000 of these iconic warbirds were produced and served in air forces around the world as late as 1995. Read more

    The 19 September 2018 by   Htam
  • The 2-week Keto Challenge: “I’m Amazed at How Satisfied I Feel”

    2-week Keto Challenge: “I’m Amazed Satisfied Feel”

    Over people have signed up for our free two-week keto low-carb challenge. You'll get free guidance, meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and troubleshooting... Read more

    The 19 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • My Journey to Becoming a Special Education Teacher

    Journey Becoming Special Education Teacher

    Allyson Schwartzman at her graduation from Hofstra University School of Education.By Allyson SchwartzmanWhen I was graduating from elementary school, someone... Read more

    The 19 September 2018 by   Autismsciencefoundation
  • 7 Tips For Building The Right People Relationships

    Tips Building Right People Relationships

    In big business, as well as startups, I have found that your effectiveness can be highly correlated to your ability to build and maintain people relationships,... Read more

    The 19 September 2018 by   Martin Zwilling
  • Keto News Highlights: Teicholz, PURE and Kerrygold

    Keto News Highlights: Teicholz, PURE Kerrygold

    This week, we summarize the top five news articles and studies in the low-carb realm, plus some success stories. The Wall Street Journal runs an op-ed... Read more

    The 19 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor