Very good point. As permitted gun toters, we have a responsibility to (try our best) to stay clear of trouble...period.
I would think this philosophy/POV should be part of every CCW training course; it was in mine. In a nutshell, you should not do anything with a gun that you wouldn't do without one. It should not embolden you to go to places you would not go with out it. It should not make you more comfortable getting into fights with strangers; to the contrary, it should make you less-likely to engage in trouble with others, shoot your munth-off etc.
Zimmerman may get off if SYG is judged valid in this case. But convicted or not, it seems to most observers that he did not show common sense by following TM. The trouble is not that he was armed, it was that he wasn't doing the smart thing. It's called Community 'watch', not community follow and engage.
I have entered a new realm where I see a niche for an individual based behavior gun control law.
While I consider any law prohibiting the carry of a gun infringement, I can see an opportunity to address the operation of the gun.
If I operate my gun in public, I had best be at the range, or stopping a predator.
If I am stopping a predator, nothing in my previous behavior should have "allowed" this shooting to occur.
For example, Zimmerman.
He should have stayed in his truck. He should have stayed on 911.
We know he obeyed the 911 guy, at least until he hung up on him.
We do not know "who" started the fight, but this is irrelevant.
Normal self defense rules apply here.
At a "point" in the fight, we have the victim (zimmerman) yelling for help, while he is on his back on the ground. We have evidence that does not disclude this event, and we have en eye witness who said, " the guy in the red sweater is on the ground getting his head pounded into the ground by the guy in the hoody.
At that point in time, we have established that Zimmerman want to break off the fight (again, whether he started it is irrelevant) and that Trayvon is attempting to inflict serious injury.
And Zimmerman does not have the means to back away.
So he shoots. Once.
Showing remarkable restraint. The cops would have emptied their magazine.
But there is no doubt that Zimmerman let a non violent encounter turn into a self defense killing.
We do have a high obligation to see that things don't get out of hand. We know how bad things can get, and little testosterone bot over there does not.
Zimmerman let things get out of hand.
What kind of law, based on individual action, would help encourage the few among us who do like vigilante work to take the high road and just be an armed citizen?
Is this law even feasible?