Well I'm in the UK(where I believe we had 67 murders by firearm last year) I'm sure there will be many of the right wingers in the southern states who can now simply substitute 'standing their ground' for 'lynching'.What is revealing as stroll through Topix is that all the posters who usually accuse posters of being racist, are the ones ignoring the Trayvon Martin verdict. This is in the face of four days of protests across the US, with the largest ones in New York, by mostly whites, Asians and Hispanics.
You know, Trayvon, the 17 year old little boy who was murdered and called a man, while the 21 year old white Menedez man was called a young boy.
Trayvon could not consent to a mutual combat with Zimmerman, an adult man, just like if Zimmerman wanted sex wit Trayvon, he could not consent to sex.
When one stands ones ground it implies that one has no means of escape, in the way that the law in question is framed it does not appear to be designed to apply to an armed individual who pursues another unarmed individual and is confronted by that individual who would actually be in fear of their life by the very situation of being pursued.
Zimmerman:...I don't know where this kid is
Could you have them call me and Iíll tell them where Iím at?[3:49]
OK, thatís no problem.
Are you following him?[2:24]
WE DON'T NEED YOU TO DO THAT.[2:26]
Much has been made of the fact that Zimmerman had cuts and scrapes...
If some jumped up failed police officer who had appointed himself as the local neighbourhood patrol accosted me and demanded that I subordinate myself to him simply because he said so then I'm pretty sure I'd have put some cuts and scrapes on him too.
The fact that Zimmermann had a gun appears to be the only qualifier to actually activate the defence of "standing your ground", a black woman who discharged a firearm over the head of her assailant was recently handed down a 20 year sentence, she should have killed him, she'd be free.
I'm pretty sure Zimmerman will head for a state which does not have 'stand your ground' laws, simply because it's the ideal way to mete out vigilante justice and get away with it.
The ideal test case will be when 2 people with semi automatics decide to stand their ground, then maybe everyone will she how absolutely stupid it is. Even the EDGE group who lobbied for it are now trying to deny any involvement.