I hope it's OK for an outsider (to the US) to comment here? (I say this because, a few times in the past I have effectively been told to butt out when posting on internal US issues.
I noticed that this thread was very active & was interested to know why.
So a short while ago I read the thread right through.
Now I can definitely understand why there has been so much interest & discussion in what occurred!
Anyway, here goes:
I'm at a complete loss in understanding how George Zimmerman actually believed in any way
that he was responding to an "attack", under the stand-your-ground law.
It seems to me that his actions were based a subjective perception that someone in his neighbourhood didn't look "right". And was therefore "suspicious". Possibly looking for drugs.
A stand-your-ground law is a law that allows a person to use deadly force, when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat. ...
This is the best I can make of the events that actually occurred:
George Zimmerman noticed a person "acting suspiciously" in his gated community
It is difficult to ascertain how exactly Trayvon Martin was "acting suspiciously", apart from the fact that he didn't look (to Mr Zimmerman) to be a member of that community. A young black man. Wearing a hoodie. And he was walking in the rain
, which is what Mr Zimmerman reported to 911.
George Zimmerman decided to pursue Trayvon Martin, keeping 911 informed.
He was advised to not take matters in his own hands, that the police would investigate, but he continued following him anyway.
Somehow a scuffle between the two occurred & Trayvon Martin (who was unarmed) was shot dead by George Zimmerman.
After interrogation by the local police, George Zimmerman was allowed to return home & his gun was not confiscated.
Is it any wonder that the FBI became involved after that sequence of events?
Out of curiousity, I Googled George Zimmerman ... & (if this article is credible) discovered that:
* he wanted to be a police officer but was unsuccessful (apparently) in achieving that goal.
Vigilantism seemed to be something George Zimmerman was particularly preoccupied with.
... George Zimmerman's actual position as watchman is under question. There are indications that he might not have been an official watchman at all, reported the Washington Post.
* He'd had multiple run-ins with the law himself in the past.
Who is George Zimmerman? Florida Shooter Has Checkered Past Of ‘Vigilantism’ And Domestic Violence:
All of which makes me wonder - what protection do ordinary citizens like Trayvon Martin actually have
, when compared with actions of a George Zimmerman?
I am so grateful that too many
crazy people don't feel the need for gun access where I live!
And for the gun conrol laws where I live.
There but for the grace
... & all that.
hoping it stays that way!