“It doesn’t make any sense because you don’t want people being vigilantes… “They don’t have the training. They don’t have the expertise. There is no oversight. That is the police department’s job…” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg
The Mayor goes on to say “you are betting off not having a gun,” with which many may agree, though I absolutely do not. However, I’m against the N.R.A.’s vigilante extremism.
The sponsor of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, State Senator Dennis Baxley, who was the advocate for legislation for the N.R.A.’s Marion Hammer, had this to say about George Zimmerman and the intent of the law on CNN.
“There’s nothing in this stature that allows for a person to be able to pursue and confront other people.” – State Rep. Dennis Baxley, Stand Your Ground Co-Sponsor on “AC 360”
It’s what I’ve been writing since the news of this tragedy exploded.
However, developments now have manifested that lead us into the weeds, including an interview of George Zimmerman’s father, which is above, telling what his son told him after the fatal altercation that left Trayvon Martin dead.
Here’s part of the transcript:
Even though a dispatcher told George Zimmerman not to follow Martin, his father said his son continued his pursuit to locate an address to give to police.
“He lost sight of the individual, he continued to walk down the same sidewalk to the next street, so he could get an address for the police,” he said.
“He went to the next street, realized where he was and was walking to his vehicle. It’s my understanding, at that point, Trayvon Martin walked up to him and asked him, ‘Do you have a [expletive] problem?’ George said, ‘No, I don’t have a problem,’ and started to reach for his cell phone… at that point, he (Martin) was punching him in the nose, his nose was broken and he was knocked to the concrete.”
Robert said Trayvon, “continued to beat George, and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did.”
When asked about the screams for help which were heard on a 911 call, Robert replied, “All of our family, everyone who knows George, knows absolutely that is George screaming. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind.”
George Zimmerman has a problem, which is that he had no business pursuing Trayvon Martin. That act alone puts him outside Stand Your Ground, because there was no reason to follow Martin, except Zimmerman’s judgment.
ABC News has exclusive video of George Zimmerman after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, which is below that shows no head wound whatsoever.
The investigation continues, with more and more information coming out as the days tick by, with public opinion lining up on a chosen side, while innocent until proven guilty is disregarded.
A “Kill Zimmerman” account is now live on Twitter to prove it.
…and what would this unspeakable tragedy be without a public opinion poll, dutifully done by Rasmussen, proving yet another reason I don’t cite that organization?
American society has become the Roman arena.
There’s a hint of a Rodney King event percolating underneath the surface, with fairness and justice having been locked out.
Taylor Marsh is the author of The Hillary Effect, which is available on Amazon. Marsh is a veteran political analyst and commentator. She has written for The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, among others, and has been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her new media blog.