I agree with the sentencing of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin Case. I don’t agree with what he did but I agree he didn’t break the law. To demand he be jailed is unfortunately “illegal”.
There is a disease that affects America.
I like to call it the cult of the gun.
Put it this way. Both Canada and the USA have high gun ownership. As does Switzerland. But neither of those two places have the same problems as the USA has with guns. This may be due to theri societies.
Economics wise? Both Canada and Switzerland have a more even society with a large rich/poor divide but the poor aren’t “poor enough to suffer”. You struggle but it’s not “deal drugs to put food on the table” kind of struggling. So there is a group of poor people who are easily enticed into crime to survive.
The second problem is the fetishisation of guns. The way guns are sold is as if the entire world is out to get you and that the only thing protecting you and your property from the filching bastards is hot lead. Gun culture is sold with an almost sexual fervour. In the EU such people would be considered weirdoes. In America? They are normal. Oh don’t get us wrong. We think guns are cool. We like the same video games and movies, the difference is that we don’t think of them as anything but movies.
Guns are sold with the notion of being used. The handgun’s sole purpose is to kill humans. Anything else is not the ideal usage of the gun. You “could” use it to shoot targets, but it’s entire construction is designed to kill another human.
So you excuse yourself. Why should I own it? WELL the world is dangerous and to keep my family safe from the dangers within it.
These are the same people who happily feed their kids fat laden burgers, bacon, beer and salty snacks without a grasp of what “really kills people”.
If you ask someone to defend guns in the USA you are invariably met with a scenario of rapist/burglar/murderer (two out of three) somehow attacking you forcing you to gun them down. I bet such instances are rarer than we think.
I followed the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case with sadness because neither side got the problem here.
From the way the law was written, George Zimmerman was perfectly in the right. The law states that if you ever are at risk and you have a gun you can fire it to kill. George was in trouble. By the law George did not murder Trayvon.
It’s why I have to disagree. The verdict in this case was to the letter of the law. George did not break any criminal laws.
There is no law in confronting someone, there is no law in following someone. Trayvon didn’t break any laws in fighting back against a perceived (and indeed very real threat) and George didn’t break any laws in shooting Trayvon when he was losing a fight.
No laws were broken. Hence George Zimmerman walked free. The death of Trayvon being put down to self defence.
However. Trayvon Martin still died because of the colour of his skin. The only reason George targetted him was because page 1 of the Renta-Cop handbook says “Black People Are Criminals”.
The 911 call seems to have told him to not follow Trayvon. They specifically said so. Because why would a black kid run away from a strange white man chasing him. Oh right… Because racists exist. If a strange white man followed me it’s not because he wants to give me free money but because he wants to kick my terrorist arse. In this period, Trayvon probably responded to the threat with violence. George was forced to defend himself. Two men defended themselves, only one brought a gun.
The British Museum is testament to the fact of the night. That Gun beats Fist.
The law was upheld though. At best it’s a civil case.
However it doesn’t mean the law is sensible. Racism made him pick on Trayvon Martin. Everything else is just the fantasy of gun use. Concealed Carry turns minor altercations into deadly fights. Concealed Carry emboldened George Zimmerman to act out his Walter Mitty Fantasy.
The only people who benefit are the NRA and undertakers from this insane line of thought. Where the problem of guns is solved by more guns.
Now let’s think about it this way. We are disgusted by this verdict because self-defence should apply when you are the unarmed victim. George Zimmerman picked a stupid fight and was losing. George was driving around looking for trouble and when he found more than he could handle he had to shoot.
Trayvon on the other hand was armed with the environment and had to outrun a fucking car.
This implication is that every black male should be considered armed at all times and it’s the responsibility of the black man to run away and not confront the people following them.
This is the sort of experience of many communities of colour with police, the justice system, and other figures of authority. It can seem silly to focus on this single anecdote, but cases like this become high profile because they strike a chord with a lot of people. We are told how to behave in the wake of a tragedy. Don’t tell people you speak Arabic. Don’t go out. Don’t go to the pub.
LeVar Burton talked on CNN about teaching his son how to behave with cops. It’s something that’s on the minds of black parents everywhere: teaching your kids how to avoid being shot by authority figures and how to be “less scary”. But what sort of conversation do you have when you have to explain to your kids that they may get shot by another man they don’t know if they don’t answer questions correctly. About how they should not fight and instead take a beating. About how they should run away first no matter what.
We must remember one thing though. We have been looking at this all wrong.
There are a sizeable number of atheists on various forums claiming that the only reason this case had a media circus was because Trayvon was Black. That’s not true. Initially no one really cared, Another criminal shot. BIg Whoop.
But that’s because Black males aren’t media darlings that white males are. If Zimmerman was black and Martin was any other race, this would not have made International news. The trial would have been short, fast and there would be less “doubt” and leeway. Zimmerman may have even ended up with the death penalty. And no one would have known or cared. Which is the reality of most Black criminals. It is well known that Black Men and other minorities do not have a constructive relationship with the police.
The case is not big news because of Martin, it is big news because of Zimmerman looked pretty white and was accused of murder and racism instead of upholding the right and the fantasy of “appropriate gun use”.
Zimmerman’s acquittal is not a travesty of justice. The law that allows for all this to take place was the travesty. Zimmerman is just another effect of that cause. Zimmerman should be free. He is only guilty of being a casual racist. The same kind that abounds on the Internet. The sort that say “I have black friends” to excuse their statements. The ones who are not malicious, just stupid. That is his only crime.
Everything else was perfectly legal. And indeed Trayvon acted perfectly legally too.
This means that the law is broken. That the culture is broken. That society is ill and it must be fixed. And that fix comes with the removal of guns and the weaning of American culture from the Cult of the Gun.
“Fucking Punks! They always get away!” – George Zimmerman
Words of truth there.