There are other posts in General Discussion and in Florida about this topic. It's very sad and I concur that the anti's will seize upon this to attack gun rights and the Stand Your Ground law just passed here in NC. I wrote up some thoughts on this topic:
I am sad to see people continue to convict others using the media and social networks, when they really don’t know much about the facts. I am not convinced that there was a crime committed, even without the Stand Your Ground law,( how could I, I don’t have all the facts the police do, and neither do any of the half a million people who signed a petition saying Zimmerman is guilty and needs to be arrested) I am not saying he is innocent either. My observations:
Zimmerman called the police to report the suspicious person, and when seconds counted, the police were minutes away. People are talking about the 911 dispatcher suggesting Zimmerman didn’t need to pursue, but people are not required to abide by the suggestion of a 911 dispatcher, they are not police officers. Nobody would say anything if it turned out that he followed him until the police got there, and it turned out that he had just burglarized a home; at the point in time all the info was not available.
People have already come to the conclusion that Trayvon was the one yelling for help, so Zimmerman must have attacked him. The only witness I have seen on a news interview has stated that it was Zimmerman who was yelling for help, and that also matches up with Zimmerman’s statement. The people on the phone only heard the yells, so how do they know who was actually yelling?
Zimmerman’s statement is that he was attacked. The police (the same apparently incompetent ones who failed to arrest Zimmerman, yet according to the public are the only ones who can protect you, what irony), after investigating the scene and Zimmerman, believe that to be true based on his account of the events and the fact he had a bloody nose, injury to back side of the head, and grass on the back of his jacket. The witness on camera also stated he saw the man with the red jacket (Zimmerman) on the ground being beaten up. What would help here is if they would release any wounds Trayvon had besides the gunshot wound.
So the only leg people are using is that the teenager was unarmed, or did I miss something? Being unarmed doesn’t mean you can’t be dangerous. Appearantly his girlfriend on the phone told him to run, which he did at one point, why not run all the way to the home he was visiting (he was only 70 yards away)?
On to the neighbors, nothing bothers me more than that fact nobody else got involved. The eyewitness went inside his house, up to the second floor, and called the police instead of trying to break up the fight he saw happening in front of him. All the other callers of 911 didn’t get involved. It actually appears nobody went to check stuff out until after the shot! How backwards is that? Go help someone yelling for help instead of cowering in your house behind the phone. This is exactly what is wrong with this current society, no personal responsibility for your own safety or that of your neighbors.
Now for the Justice Department, well, well, the POTUS has learned enough to keep his mouth shut since he doesn’t know the facts and he was already bitten by calling the race card incorrectly, but I guess Holder has to learn his lesson. Really, a federal civil rights investigation?
If the report of him being 70 yards away from the house he was visiting is correct, how in the world did the parents not know what was happening in the neighborhood and only wait till the next morning to report him missing? Very strange to me, unrelated to anything, but still strange to me as a parent.
Unrelated observation, the picture of Trayvon that is all over the news of him in a red shirt, how old is that picture? Did they pick a picture from his 8th grade yearbook as opposed to his junior year? Or did he really look that young? Of course in the dark, you don’t know who you are dealing with. I only mention this because if it is a few years old, then the family and news are purposely trying to sway viewers.