A man without fear is a fool, a man that succumbs to his fear is a coward and a brave man acknowledges fear yet presses on.
I suspect that the idea that Zimm kept chasing after will come out to be another part of the story that the media had wrong.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
a) Neighborhood Watch does not mean you are the law, or that you have the authority to do an armed patrol confronting people you think are suspicious. It does not make you a police officer.
b) When you create the situation yourself, it's not self-defense. When Zimmerman got out of his car and pursued Martin, he created the dangerous situation.
These ideas, along with the facts in the case, means that claiming self-defense and justifiable homicide is shaky at best. It's unlikely that Zimmerman knew who he was following, and what kind of record this person had. So what you've got is a guy who goes out armed and confronts someone that he thinks is a criminal based on the fact that he was wearing a hoodie.
Is that the society we want to live in? Do you want to live in a society where someone can walk up to you with a gun because you "look suspicious?"
"And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness."
If I see three black young men advancing rapidly toward me at night...looking left and right and back as they approach...one with a teardrop tat on his face, one with his hand in his pocket and something sticking out from there...I'm going to be scared ****less. Mine would be a stereotypical response. And it just might keep me alive.
Thank you, Quazi!
Zimmerman said Martin looked suspicious because he was acting oddly in his view and acting like he was on drugs. The claim that Zimmerman believed Martin suspicious for wearing a hoodie is just something media personalities made up.
I would like a society where people looked out for each other and each other's property. Zimmerman kept his gun concealed (also known by the girlfriend's statement about what Martin said on the phone). I have NO problem with adults (qualified, skilled) carrying firearms. None. I have no problem with ANYONE calling police on someone they see as acting suspicious and if that person runs after learning the police are being called watching where that person went with police on the way is correct and desired conduct in my opinion.
Personally, I think all neighborhood crime watch should be armed and trained accordingly.